Sunday, December 03, 2006

Gans on Revolutionary Murder (and Academic Apologists)

In my opinion, brilliant post by Eric Gans over at the

Generative Anthropology Blog


Athos said...

Yes, I see what you mean, Porthos.

I mostly like what Professor Gans has to offer, but the whole market theory seems more style than substance in my less than great appreciation for academicspeak.

This, however, is one of the best I've read.

Athos said...

Also, Mark Steyn seconds Gans' motion in a typically insightful and scathing observation on 'multiculturalism':

"The great thing about multiculturalism is that it doesn't involve knowing anything about other cultures--the capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. It's fundamentally a fraud, and I would argue was subliminally accepted on that basis. Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don't want to live in anything but an advanced Western society.

"Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched native dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or that your holistic masseuse uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality, but not that you or anyone you care about should have to live in an African or Native American society. It's a quintessential piece of progressive humbug" ("It's the Demography, Stupid
The real reason the West is in danger of extinction," WSJ, 1/06).

Athos said...

WOW - just testin', Porthos

I think I'm getting the hang of this

Porthos said...

You're doing good, Ath.

And our one month birthday is coming up Wed., you know. Who knows? By that time we may even be able to inset quotations.

Hey, I can dream.

Porthos said...

Reconciling Dorothy Day devotion and Distirbutism to Gans and the Market? Some people might say it cannot be done.

But nay, hark, here we are, less than one month old, and . . .

we have not yet begun to square circles!

(note: Bold within italics. Pretty snazzy, eh?)

David Nybakke said...

... reconciling Dorothy Day devotion and Distributism to Gans and the Market, but how about to Girard and MT?

A very dear friend, in fact she was my RCIA sponsor, runs Clare House, the Catholic Worker House here and so I know enough to be dangerous about Day and Distributism.

In the daily Mass readings, you know how we are reading about end times and the apocalyptic imagery – well I think that most of us will fall into this category of violent scenes for we slide along comfortably in our economy, including our economy of faith. Those few folks, like those running Catholic Worker Houses, already know these scenes and continue to live differently – more alive and more “vigilant to see Christ in whatever good is done for us and to make him manifest in the good we do for others.” (Magnificat pg. 49)

Athos said...

In my humble, unbig-headed way, I am beginning to see that our comrade-in-arms

Aramis is one of those push-me pull-you entrepreneurists with a heart of gold types: sell you a Hoover and fork over the proceeds to Claire House.

Bully and bravo!

I wish I'd the brains to do the former soas to accomplish the latter.

What ho!