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In the lofty morality of Hesiod44 had only the defect that men soon learned by experience that the supposedly omniscient gods failed to punish the transgressions they observed, and this was remedied by alleging that men had souls that survived death, and that while sinners might flourish in this life, the gods would inflict condign punishment on them in a hereafterw. The social efficacy of supernatural terrors is uncertain. Everyone knows that no religion, however ingenious and no matter how unanimously it was accepted without question by a given population, has ever prevented a fairly high incidence of crime, but one can always plausibly conjecture that without the fear of superhuman sanctions the incidence would have been much greater, and even so great that the state would explode in anarchy.
A comparable development is taking place in the waning faith of "Liberalism" and we may be sure that, despite the cult's appeal to masses that yearn for an effortless and mindless existence on the animal level, and despite the prolonged use of public schooIs to deform the minds of all children with "Liberal" myths, the cult would have disappeared, but for the massive support given it today, as to the Christian cults in the ancient world, by the Jews, who have, for more than two thousand years, battened on the venality, credulity, and vices of the races they despise.
My friend, Willmoore Kendall, one of the keenest minds I have ever known, a master of eristics and a practitioner of the Socratic dialectics, which, although often misunderstood, are based on the belief that truth or the closest feasible approximation thereto can be elicited by debate, had long believed that the decisive sapping of American culture had been the work of journals of opinion that advertised themselves as intellectual, ostentatiously addressed a presumed elite, and by acute criticism, in which what was valid lent plausibility to what was merely sophistical, undermined Americans' belief in their own culture; and he specifically recognized as the most influential two weekly periodicals, the Nntiorr and the N m Republic.