In an earlier post, I’d noted the phenomenon of what I’d called the George Costanza rule – that you do the opposite of what you’re inclined to do.Â Here’s the Seinfeld clip with the relevant info again:
The point is that if you find someone who you think has all the wrong inclinations, then you have a good bellwether about where things go off the tracks.Â Like old Socrates’ daimon.Â Call this the phenomenon of reverse authority.
The paleoconservatives have such a bellwether of reverse authority — it’s whatever progressive celebrities say.Â And so, it’s headline news over at Breitbart that celebrities are objecting toÂ President Trump’s rescinding John Brennan’s security clearance.Â Â This, of course, is news only if you think that celebrities with progressive politics are not only wrong about everything, but their statements must be highlighted so as to deepen one’s own commitment.Â And a visit to the comments bears this out:
Dr. Strangely Deplorable: Those overpaid narcissistic aberrations known as “celebrities” are a true barometer of another person or groups rationality and Patriotism. If they are “furious”…all is well in the Great Republic at that moment and the war goes on.
It’s a strange place to be when you can tell you’re right only when the people you hate are objecting.