Until they must grow up, children will populate their make-believe worlds with other children. Until academics, professional political lobby groups and all other dependants of government welfare and subsidies are removed from the rolls, their infantile politics will infantilize everything and everyone else they come across. Ghost of a Flea, via Quotulatiousness:
But people are not Ewoks. It is not a mistake to criticize our empires of old or the continuing expression of racism and prejudice. It is not a mistake to be appalled by the wars of conquest or the incalculable suffering brought about by epidemic disease and slavery. It is a mistake to imagine the conquered peoples lived in a state of innocence before our rapacious ancestors arrived on the scene. There are two reasons the Eden story leads to error when imposed on our history or contemporary matters of policy. First, turning "the Other" into Ewoks infantilizes them. By this dodge, we well-meaning people of the West may feel guilty but all the decisions remain in our hands. From dam-building to debt-relief to "Do They Know It's Christmas?" the empires shape-shift into NGOs and the old crusading philanthropy carries on uninterrupted.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, August 30, 2006