Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"Some of the ideas that come from the fringe of the far right are just so implausible that it is hard to take those ideas seriously" -- John Conyers

Michael Medvet is a perfect example of an RWA (Right Wing Authoritarian) personality. The former movie critic turned conservative radio personality is exploring the benefits of slavery, yes, that's right, slavery. He’s taken this charge as a measure of contrast against the "America Hating Liberals" who, “deny our role as history’s most powerful and pre-eminent force for freedom, goodness and human dignity invariably focus on America’s bloody past as a slave-holding nation”

Michael’s article exhibits the traits of an RWA (submission to authority, conventionality, and righteous aggression) with the accuracy of a slave ships cargo rouster. It’s astounding to many how a seemingly intelegent man can write such nonsence, but here it is, as bright as the burning midday sun.

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Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

Its clear he is not exploring the "benefits", rather he is putting light on some of the fallacies perpetrated for hundreds of years.

He is not absolving American for it's part in slave trading, only putting it in perspective. Makes a lot of sense actually.

I don't know about you, but my people never owned slaves. I get really sick and tired of being told I'm "whitey" and therefor evil when I nor my family had anything to do with slavery. In fact as Mike there points out, roughly 5% of the population did. That's not a lot.

Another ting he doesn't mention, and I only learned via a friend of mine who happens to be black, is that the vast majority of Africans were already slaves in their won country, they were not kidnapped from the streets, they were bough and paid for. Not saying that makes it o.k., bit according to this person I spoke with, slavery in Africa was a lot worse.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Van said...

I respect your insight, but I think that you completly miss the point of the United States Constitution regarding free men.

But the real question that I'm asking is, what is motivating Medved to write such a redicilous argument? Is it submission to authority, conventionality and righteous aggression? Or does he really think that the United States is the terue beacon for the world? The fact is that most of Europe was far ahead of us regarding child labor laws and abolition.

There's nothing wrong with admiting that America is not perfect. We love her with her blemishes and her shining examples.
I think that when we recognize that our history is not perfect, we can actually put these things behind us and grow, but until then the ugliness will continue to creep up and remind us of what we are capable of.

9:06 AM  

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