Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

gerard henderson fails logic 101 - again...

Or should that read "still"? What am I on about?

Well, in today's SMH, Henderson utters this piece of seductive sophistry:
The recent successes of Bush, Blair and Howard suggest that a majority of the electorate has a better understanding of the complexity and demands of modern democratic governments than the liberal left ... That's why governments in the US, Britain, and Australia have been returned ...
Interesting line of logic, that... "My team won because the voters were smart" (and I guess the flipside of that would have been "My team lost because the voters were dumb.") That, as far as I can make out, is the crux of Henderson's blindingly illuminating logical analysis.

Now, let's take this to the next level... Since it's a shoo-in that Henderson's fanbase is made up of those exact same "smart" voters, how smart do you reckon they are if his kind of "logic" wins them over so convincingly that they hang off his every word week after tediously illogical week?

I can't be bothered, but since Henderson is gloating from the benefit of 20/20 hindsight whilst mistaking sophistry for good reasoning skills, maybe one of you other bloggers out there might like to search the archives for what Hendo said on the eve of the Iraq invasion about the reasons for Bush's oil-grabbing mass-murder of tens of thousands of suitably shocked and awed Iraqi citizens? Did Hendo dutifully peddle the WMD bullshit? Because if he did, he's about as smart as his fanbase (which should come as no surprise to those who only read his column in order to have a good giggle.)

Aw shucks... Deconstructing Henderson is like stealing candy from a kid... Real difficult...

2 Comments:

Blogger gringo said...

yeah right - Australians understand the "complexity and demands of modern democratic governments" ... so they reelect a government on the basis of xenophobia fanned by the same government (2001) and a fear of interest rates that the same government has no direct control over (2003). Really bright.

Good to see you back in the zone.

May 11, 2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Henderson is either as stupid as his readers (Liberal voters) or he's a cynically manipulating them with false flattery. I can't figure out which.

May 11, 2005 8:11 PM  

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