In the latest episode of “The Firewall,” Bill Whittle talks about his brief affliction with mental illness, and how reading a few books by P.J. O’Rourke exposed his gee-whiz ideas of wealth redistribution, free health care, and gun control to the light of truth and common sense.
In the following 7:16 youtube video, Whittle confesses that in college he had been a barking-mad moonbat, i.e., a crazy leftist.
“I was mentally ill because I passionately believed in things I knew nothing about.”
After college, Whittle read a few books by O’Rourke that helped him to question those presumptions that he’d believed were just and true. Whittle came to realize that capitalism is actually better than socialism, and not because someone says so, “but because all of the rafts are going from Cuba to America and none of the rafts are going from America to Cuba.”
O’Rourke helped Whittle understand that it’s better to be right than consistent.
“I now actually understand the things that I believe in, and when I’m wrong, I move … to where the truth is; or at least where it appears to be because … The truth doesn’t care about where we sit; it sits where it sits. You have to go to it; it won’t come to you.”
It actually takes concerted effort to be a socialist. Think about it. They have to live in a constant state of denial, always ignoring reality and history and suppressing common sense and reason. And “that’s just nuts.”