by Brad Nelson 8/20/14
Glenn pointed out a very good article to me this morning: “A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption.” Fred Siegel is also author of the acclaimed book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class. The chapter, “Black Rage,” is highly relevant to current events.
Here are a couple of the money quotes from Siegel’s article (I’m attempting to gain permission to publish the entire piece):
But after 50 years, what has this bargain achieved, except to cultivate a community that excels in resentment?
The drama persists in part because so many journalists and academics, not to mention black activists, have so much invested in it. It’s the conceptual air that they breathe. Sadly, to paraphrase the philosopher Ernest Gellner, some failed practices cannot be the subject of reconsideration, because they already shape the way we think.
That last paragraph, in particular, sounds like the kind of astute observation that is common of one of the premier social philosophers of our day, Theodore Dalrymple.
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