Friday, April 28, 2006

"Self-made barbarians"

From the beginning, or to be more precise, from the time of Plato until that of Voltaire, human diversity had come before the tribunal of universal values; with Herder the eternal values were condemned by the court of diversity.
— Alain Finkielkraut, The Undoing of Thought

Today we are trying to spread knowledge everywhere. Who knows if in centuries to come there will not be universities for re-establishing our former ignorance?

— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Via Billy Beck, Roger Kimball's The treason of the intellectuals in The New Criterion is a highly recommended criticism of the intellectual posturing behind multiculturalism and post-modernism.
As the impassioned proponents of “diversity” meet the postmodern apostles of acquiescence, fanaticism mixes with apathy to challenge the commitment required to preserve freedom.
I cannot do the piece justice… it can be read in full here.

Also recommended, Mack Burped, a new blog that is worth keeping an eye on, celebrates the anniversary of Mussolini's death:
During his reign of oppression and media control, Mussolini, and his economic model, fascism, won the accolades of government-protection-seeking businesses, the magazines and newspapers they owned, and other morons in North America. Fascism (today, the politically correct terms include "corporativism", "corporatism", or "public-private partnership") also became the model upon which Franklin Delano Roosevelt would base his "New Deal".
And, as Mack continues, the New Deal keeps on getting newer and bigger…


Pietr said...

As long as you have equality under objective law, culture doesn't matter.

MapMaster said...

Agreed, Sorehead… but isn't that observation variously assisted or hindered by culture?