"Fixing" The Marketplace Of Ideas

Just a brilliant column today from Robert Tracinski on the authoritarianism being pushed by Al Gore in his latest misnamed book "The Assault on Reason."

His basic theme seems to be: if the left isn't winning in the marketplace of ideas, there can't possibly be anything wrong with their ideas. It must be the marketplace itself that is "broken," and the left needs to use the power of government to fix it--in both senses of the word "fix."


This is the American left's version of what strongmen like Vladimir Putin and Pervez Musharraf call "managed democracy." The "marketplace of ideas" can be trusted to work--so long as everyone agrees with them. But if the public obstinately persists in disagreeing with the left, then the marketplace of ideas must have been "broken" by meddling troublemakers like Rush Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch and Karl Rove--and we know how to "fix" those guys, don't we?

Scary stuff. I've said it before and I'll say it again. This is the battle of the 21st Century. Postmodernism v. Reason (the real kind).