October 04, 2005

Light Tuesday Reading

Sigh. As much as I like to mock the academic tendency to say simple things in as many words as possible, sometimes boiling it down to brass tacks just loses the funny.

Like in this article.

5 points and a smiley face to the pithiest summary. And "giant load of crap" or "the second coming of Chicken Little" don't count.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at October 4, 2005 03:56 PM

Bush = Hitler.

At least he neo-hippies just say it. I wasted 5 minutes of my life trying to get to the end, hoping that it was a big joke. Notice the book that he's working on -- "does democracy still work in America?". Two guesses what the answer is -- clearly the solution is to appoint a politburo of professors to run things. They've got all of the wisdom, after all.

Posted by: slightlybad at October 4, 2005 04:49 PM

Summary: "..."

Posted by: . at October 4, 2005 05:56 PM

You mean I can't win just by saying "immense wad of putrid batshit"? Dagnabbit, this used to be a free country.

Posted by: Michelle Dulak Thomson at October 4, 2005 05:57 PM

Adorno redeemed himself with _The Jargon of Authenticity_

Look up Christian Schutze's ``Stenciled Speech for All Occasions'' reprinted on p.89

Talk about prescience.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 4, 2005 07:15 PM

"I know this study is indefensible, but I still agree with its conclusions, so you should too. If we can just get Authoritarian Personality Disorder in the DSM-V, we can heal the world."

Posted by: Naomi at October 4, 2005 09:48 PM


Posted by: CM at October 4, 2005 09:53 PM

Oh, that is a very telling link, CM. I especially like the quote from the "right-wing Catholic newspaper" in Austria. Very relevant to the USA.

Posted by: Laura at October 4, 2005 10:30 PM

Lest we show that we have Learned Something, let History repeat itself.

Posted by: Keith at October 4, 2005 10:31 PM

He mentions flouridation of water as something that the right wing (esp the John Birch Society) was exercised about back in the day. Sounds to me like exactly the kind of thing the environmental left would make an issue of today...in fact, I read something about this fairly recently.

Posted by: David Foster at October 5, 2005 05:22 PM

Like this?

"Well: One of my best friends is a dentist a professor of dentistry, in fact, in the Midwest. He was in town (New York) for a conference recently and this question of fluoridated water came up. He said, "You know, people are still up in arms about that. They go to court and besiege city councils and all that." I said, "Really, after all these years? The Right's still suspicious of that? Left-over John Birchers or something?" He said, "No, no not at all. These are left-wing groups: know-nothing environmentalists, earthy-crunchy types the usual crowd."

From Jay Nordlinger's Impromptu's on NRO:


Posted by: Carbonel at October 5, 2005 10:03 PM

By the way--

Naomi won.

Posted by: BAW at October 6, 2005 10:59 AM

The thrill I feel at winning this award is strangely undimmed by my inability to list it on my CV.

Thanks, BAW.

Posted by: Naomi at October 7, 2005 04:01 PM