6 October 2004
We desperately needed to crush racism from a moral point of view. Non-moralist government and economic powers saw the necessity of this for social stability. The progressive moralists triumphed in the ‘60s in the mass-media and in academia (and thus in the uni students from that era on). The babyboomers have now taken control of the cultural wheel. But because of the urgency of the need and the fact that the ideology needed to be absolute, we were left with the PC model of racial tolerance, which was a self-conscious, censorious mode of anti-racism that was black and white. The seeds of the reaction (like Pauline Hanson) were in the fact that the PC model shut down debate by personally impugning the moral character of dissenters, but more importantly, anyone that wanted any other form of racially-related phenomena to be discussed. Now we need to progress again by reopening open, humoured and respectful discussion about what “race” means, how it plays out in the world, etc. Tolerance won’t be shoved down people’s throats - which was a necessary evil - but will instead be spontaneously generated in the minds of people by the exposure to ideas and the resultant curiosity.
Posted by Manicboy on Wednesday, October 06, 2004
5 October 2004
The unfolding tragedy of the SSRI era has a good outcome: so many people have opened the door to recognising there’s a problem, but will have to get off the SSRIs and examine the underlying reasons for the spiritual/social crisis
Posted by Manicboy on Tuesday, October 05, 2004