|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
Phillip Johnson: Compares Gould to Gorbachev
It seems timely to revisit this offering by "wedge" strategist, DI CRSC advisor, and author of the rejected Santorum amendment, Phillip E. Johnson.
|Gould’s uncomfortable situation reminds me of the self-created predicament of Mikhail Gorbachev in the last years of the Soviet Empire. Gorbachev recognized that something had gone wrong with the Communist system, but thought that the system itself could be preserved if it was reformed. His democratic friends warned him that the Marxist fundamentalists would inevitably turn against him, but he was unwilling to endanger his position in the ruling elite by following his own logic to its necessary conclusion. Gould, like Gorbachev, deserves immense credit for bringing glasnost to a closed society of dogmatists. And, like Gorbachev, he lives on as a sad reminder of what happens to those who lack the nerve to make a clean break with a dying theory.|
-- Phillip E. Johnson's "The Gorbachev of Darwinism" (1998)
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker