Monday, March 13, 2006

Audacious dependency

A week in Chicago away from the internet was almost enough to make me blissfully unaware of people from cities and countries that could not even begin to govern themselves without the guidance of dangerously utopian platitudes and academic studies. The week did, however, cost me the opportunity to read Raskolnikov's The Closing of the Indian Mind and present it to the readers of the London Fog in a timely manner. Stationed at Dust my Broom, Raskolnikov is the Canadian native Mark Steyn, speaking the truth that nobody wants to hear about in a highly intelligent and entertaining style. And he has been nothing short of "on fire" lately.

From The Closing of the Indian Mind, on the demands for native self-government:

Every problem will be solved and now we will have all the answers. The fact that we don’t have them now, or can even formulate a coherent way to achieve them once we attain self-government, means little. What is required is a catalyst and all else will fall into place – a textbook bow to post hoc ergo propter hoc. The metaphysical mentality of classic utopians – the belief that answers will emerge newly-minted from the ether of fabulous promises, as if delivered by benign Gods – is what propels self-government, much like it did Communism. One can show countless examples of what atrocities occur after the revolutionaries take power with little more than the love of revolution underpinning their abilities as leaders; the blind groping for power among the combatants; the struggle not only for control but to figure out what control is, and over what; the ruthless revenge on those who doubted; the attempted application of fantastic ideals to indifferent reality, always hostile to any one person’s lofty aims. These atrocities occur now, in the chaos of the reserve system. One shudders at the thought of the same actions under self-government.
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One gets the impression that reserves do not have TVs or radios, or the Internet, or magazines and books, and that Indian kids live in tents, hunt with spears, and can only point and grunt at the strange metal birds flying overhead. And because of such a lifestyle, they cannot handle mainstream education and need their own special kind of knowledge system, which, coincidentally, this band or that “Aboriginal Special Education Consultant” would be happy to provide if the government would please hand them $500k to start a “Cultural Awareness Education Committee”.
And Aboriginal Groups declare war on Right-Wing Media. All highly recommended…

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

The question is not whether they or the regular government have the 'answers'.
The question is whether there should be any dependence ever, on government.