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…

2 comments:

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?