Let's cut to the chase here and stop all the bullshit.
The reason why some people are interested in "discussion guidelines" and
"increased moderation" and the like have nothing to do with ethereal
academic reasons. Quite simply, the professor and his supporters are
increasingly uncomfortable with the turn of events in Gaza and the exposure
of their beloved Israel as just another state that will commit any crime to
protect the class currently ruling it. It is no different from any other
state that has existed or ever will exist. I posted the items about the
holocaust in Occupied Palestine partly to offset what I saw as the extreme
hypocrisy of some on this list, like the professor, in calling our attention
to the sins of the Castros and Hugo Chavez, while ignoring, or winking at,
far worse crimes in their own backyard. "Human rights" have never been
about platonic, pre-existing ideas concerning the innate worth or "liberty"
of individuals. It is a weapon to excite popular indignation and hostility
towards one's opponents. Because of their greater wealth or more highly
placed connections or greater access to the media, the rich have always
enjoyed greater success in employing this canard against the poor. The
professor is no different than those colonialists of yore who denounced as
"savages" those "unprofitable" and "dangerous" "natives" who took up arms to
resist their rule. And, incidentally, those who favor equality for the
Palestinians do not post items from Kach supporters on their web site.
That is the issue.
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From: "herb fox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 1:36 AM
Subject: Re: "Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated"by Alfie Kohn (moderating
> Interesting Carrol. Here i am on vacation far from my library, but