Monday, March 20, 2006

History

And in other news . . .

I look forward to the fresh series of conservative "sociologies" that divine a bankrupt poor-black-male "culture," or better yet some AndrewSullivan/S.Pinker/Larry Summers genetic explanation. It is the oldest, oldest, most banal leftist critique but . . . nearly every country on the planet pays for its history of abuse. I don't even mean this in the sense of moral retribution. We are just going to pay for a long history of injustice which, outside of the academy, is rather unfashionable to discuss. It is always very exciting to me when the classic attackers of leftist academia take academics to task for their relativism or their lack of respect for fact, and then when someone starts talking about slavery, or the absolute betrayal of reconstruction, those same opponents shout him or her down for being "simplistic." Or hateful of the fatherland. Clearly the more logical and enlightened explanation is a special ontological category exception; coincidentally, one of the two groups of people that our society most mobilized to oppress and vitiate happens to have certain ontic flaws that render them unable to succeed. The other group, the pre-Columbian natives, also have not done too well. This is also attributable to psychological and moral failings.

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