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Miscellany 2

Mar 27th, 2004 8:11 pm | By

More of the miscellany. I want to look at a sentence or two from a comment on the hijab issue – a comment prompted by this article. I’m not bothering to link to the comment, because it’s quite typical and not all that interesting, in my view. It’s the typicality that makes the sentence worth looking at. It’s the kind of Everyone Says It sort of thing that – well, that everyone says, without really thinking about it much, or perhaps at all. So people go on saying it, and they hear it, and no one ever (or hardly anyone hardly ever) stops to take a closer look at it, and it infects public rhetoric more and more. A … Read the rest

Steven Poole Shreds Alain de Botton *

Mar 27th, 2004 | Filed by

The weasel words, the pretending to discover what everyone already knows, the whimsy.… Read the rest


Mar 26th, 2004 7:07 pm | By

Dang, I’ve been having a hard time keeping up lately. Not very surprisingly. This writing a book caper does tend to take more than a few minutes a day, after all, and the time has to come from somewhere. And there are other odds and ends, and so – items I want to comment on have been piling up. I do what I can, I wake up nice and early, a good deal earlier than I would like to in fact, but still the piling up goes on. So I’m just going to do a miscellany, a grab-bag, an everything all at once comment, and whittle the pile down a little.

There’s this from Normblog on something George Monbiot said … Read the rest

Tagore’s Nobel Medal is Missing *

Mar 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Some people oppose his ‘largely secular legacy.’ … Read the rest

Shaken Baby Diagnosis Shaky? *

Mar 26th, 2004 | Filed by

To admit uncertainty is sometimes appropriate.… Read the rest

Scott McLemee Reviews Richard Evans *

Mar 26th, 2004 | Filed by

‘Evans is not awed by the Nazis themselves. He defies their efforts to defy reason.’… Read the rest

The French Hijab Ban is not Anti-Muslim *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

One of the ban’s architects explains the thinking behind it.… Read the rest

Historians on Zinn *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

How does Zinn compare to Hofstadter and Foner?… Read the rest

Michael Kazin on Howard Zinn *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

‘A People’s History is bad history, albeit gilded with virtuous intentions.’… Read the rest

Lewis Wolpert on What Science Is *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

It’s not common sense, for one thing.… Read the rest

The Panda’s Thumb *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

‘dedicated to defending the integrity of science against all attempts to weaken it, distort it, or destroy it.’… Read the rest

Kevin Drum on Intelligent Design *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

He says it isn’t, and introduces The Panda’s Thumb. … Read the rest

Two People Die at ‘Passion’ Screenings *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

Heart attacks during the torture scene. Just a coincidence?… Read the rest

Monty Python to the Rescue *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

Tired of Passion-passion? See Life of Brian instead.… Read the rest

The Pledge, the Deity, the Court *

Mar 25th, 2004 | Filed by

Pledge is not religious, it’s patriotic, says Bush administration.… Read the rest

An Interlude

Mar 24th, 2004 5:15 pm | By

Right, well as long as I’m in a plaintive vein, a threnodic vein, a sorrowful, plangent, mournful, whingey vein – I think I’ll just take a moment to ponder the grief of living in an out of the way corner of the world. And corner it is, too; tucked or rather jammed up in the far far far northwest corner of the whole damn country, not on the way to anywhere except Alaska (and maybe Japan but only if you’re starting from Idaho). It’s not Los Angeles, it’s not San Francisco, and it sure as hell is not New York or Paris or London. It’s not central. It’s not a capital. It’s not a place where things happen and interesting … Read the rest

India Times on Laine Issue *

Mar 24th, 2004 | Filed by

Maharashtra seeking Interpol’s help in arrest of author.… Read the rest

Congress Party Joins in the Fun *

Mar 24th, 2004 | Filed by

Going after the Sena-BJP vote, Congress tries to outdo them in threatening author.… Read the rest

Indian State Seeks to Arrest Author *

Mar 24th, 2004 | Filed by

He said bad things about Shivaji, so bust him.… Read the rest

The State of the State of Feminism

Mar 24th, 2004 | By Cassandra L. Pinnick

Martha C. Nussbaum’s new book, “Sex and Social Justice,” makes a case for liberal feminism.

More than a generation ago, women’s rights established a foothold in U.S. politics. Women’s rights included primarily, though not exclusively, a concern for equal treatment under the law; this in turn focused down to two areas of central concern: equality in access to educational opportunity and equality in compensational structure and career opportunities.

Persons, male as well as female, who supported and campaigned for women’s rights were, and are, feminists. There are few persons today who would openly oppose the general principles of equality that drive feminism.

Feminist political theory has since developed apace. Feminists who believe in the power of legislative and case law … Read the rest