December 7, 2012
Saved from Another Great Depression?
Occasionally one hears a guest on a talk show say that a statement is counterfactual. What they mean is merely that the statement is contrary to the facts, untrue. It's a polite way of saying:You don't know what you're talking about, pal. If you were on some TV talk show with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and he stated yet again that Social Security "does not add a penny to the deficit," instead of calling Durbin a damned liar, however cathartic that might be, you'd probably be more likely to get invited back on the show by simply saying: That's counterfactual, Dick. One can also hear guests on talk shows say that a certain statement or claim is an instance of the counterfactual. Used in this way, the word "counterfactual" becomes a noun rather than an adjective, and it refers to a type of statement that takes a particular form. Since we're proponents of thinking here at American Thinker, this type of statement, the counterfactual, needs a little attention. An entry in the Stanford...(Read Full Article)