Kneejerk Liberalism, n. Liberalism's strand of a thread which runs
through nearly all parts of society. Kneejerk liberalism is largely
responsible for the "Stop nuclear power in order to save the
environment." and the "Shut up in the name of open-mindedness and free
speech!" movement, among others. Kneejerk conservatism, not terribly
different, encompasses most Rush Limbaugh listeners.
Of course, kneejerk movements are not limited to the political sphere.
Also to be mentioned is a kneejerk following of science, which
believes science to have displaced God and the appropriateness of
religious faith, kneejerk openmindedness, which attacks Christian
thought and any other intellectual edifice which is built on a
foundation unlike its own foundation of relativism (which turns out to
span most of human thought over most of time), and kneejerk
spirituality, also known as New Age.
Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in
human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The idiot's
activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action,
but "pervades and regulates the whole."...
-Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
- -- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary