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Samizdata quote of the day

Oh mortal man, is there anything you cannot be made to believe?

– Adam Weishaupt

16 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Julie near Chicago

    Well, I don’t believe a baby is born every time a fairy blows its wee nose…but then again…I could be wrong….

  • Adam Weishaupt? Hell, I could have sworn it was John Maynard Keynes! 😛

  • Dom

    How about, there are only 100 cod left in the North Sea?


    The article in HuffPo, linked by the BBC, is interesting. Only one person claimed it was hard to believe, and everyone attacked him.

  • Maria Simons

    How about, there are only 100 cod left in the North Sea?

    So then my household alone has eaten 3% of the North Sea’s entire stock of cod in the last month! Who knew?

  • CaptDMO

    I can NOT be made to believe that Brawndo is what plants crave.

  • JohnB

    The gentleman is completely correct.
    We are like boats in a sea and the only way to guard being drifted way off course is to take bearings and have the humility to acknowledge that without absolutes (of which we truly have none without the absolute) we can indeed be persuaded of anything.

  • Laird

    Including that there is an absolute.

  • RRS

    You certainly would not address that to an intelligent woman.

    (Without standing back 20 feet out of firing range)

  • tomwright

    Quoting the founder of the Illuminati?

    Wow, my conspiracy theorist friends will have their tinfoil hats all a-flutter over this!

  • Alisa

    I will believe anything if there’s a politician behind it.

  • JohnB

    Indeed, Laird. It would seem there is room for doubt.


    If one can make sense of anything I suppose it comes down to an individual’s experience. Which could be considered no more valid than hunger or cold or any other survival consideration as a basis for logical thought.

    But seeing as you wondered I can only say that I know the difference that Jesus has made in my life – And I did not come to that lightly.

  • Laird

    JohnB, I’m glad that Jesus has made a (presumably positive) difference in your life. We all do what we can to ease the burdens of life. But just because a certain belief set gives you comfort doesn’t make it reality, or make it necessary for others to share those beliefs in order for them to be happy.

  • veryretired

    If history is any indication, the answer is clearly no.

  • My fantasy dinner party includes Adam Weishaupt, L. Ron Hubbard, and Michael Mann.

  • Paul Marks

    Whatever there, very real, faults and failings – better, better by far, to believe in the things that Adam W. opposed (the Roman Catholic Church, the Bavarian monarchy and so on) than in the things he supported – the destruction of the family, the collectivisation of large scale private property, the control of everything by a hidden elite manipulating (“Nudging”?) ordinary folk – by lies and pretense.

    For example Adam W. and his followers basically invented a form of radical “feminism” – but as a way of controlling (and having access to) women. The key trick (they believed) was to have a movement (with rituals, doctrines and so on) entirely (it would seem) controlled by women – indeed deeply hostile to men.

    However, this movement would just happen to teach that the marriage and the family (and private property) were wrong (slavery for women) and instead would spread their legs for any “Progressive” man……the very men who had (behind the scenes) invented the very doctrines that this new female movement would be tricked into thinking they had invented.

    Of course this was all a fantasy of Adam W. – it could never happen in real life….

  • Laird

    “My fantasy dinner party includes Adam Weishaupt, L. Ron Hubbard, and Michael Mann.”

    Wow. I don’t think “fantasy” is the word I’d apply to that group. “Nightmare”, perhaps.