Mr. Kimball, managing editor of the New Criterion, is author of "The Rape of the Masters:
How Political Correctness Sabotages Art" (Encounter Books).
Deconstructing Jacques: His tenets tend
to render discussion of any topic pointless.
posted on 10/12/2004 6:02:11 AM PDT
Oddly enough, Jacques Derrida was one of the few French academics who openly supported the US intervention in Afghanistan.
Perhaps because he grew up as a French Jew in Muslim Algeria he had a more realistic view of the situation.
Anyway, it floored me when I heard that. He returned to form in condemning the Iraq invasion, though.
posted on 10/12/2004 6:08:29 AM PDT
(God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
A truly meaningless death, capping off a truly meaningless life.
posted on 10/12/2004 6:09:44 AM PDT
"He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."
Say "hello" to the worms Jaques. You won't be missed around here.
posted on 10/12/2004 6:12:35 AM PDT
(I'd RATHER Vote Republican)
I'm sure Kimball is just thrilled to have so skillful an editor....NOT!
Mauling a piece this obscenely should be grounds for criminal prosecution. As I have told you before, subscription articles (articles requiring payment) have no place on FR. You are not doing anyone a service by posting them.
posted on 10/12/2004 7:17:41 AM PDT
"[D]econstruction comes with a lifetime guarantee to render discussion of any subject completely unintelligible.... the view that the meanings of words are completely arbitrary and that, at bottom, reality is unknowable."
I suppose that means any discussion of deconstruction is unintelligible. Or not...
May he rot in hell for eternity. Much of the Kerry/Michael Moore BS comes directly from this man's philosophy.
He is the most important Philosopher in the US today. It is important that conservatives fight these proponents of evil at the source, in academia.
posted on 10/12/2004 12:29:00 PM PDT
Deconstructive themes and presuppositions have increasingly become part of the general intellectual atmosphere: absorbed to such an extent that they float almost unnoticed, part of the ambient spiritual pollution of our time. -Roger Kimball
My inclination is to find ways to engage and do battle with those presuppositions. But since Roger Kimball does that more effectively than anyone else alive, I will gladly take cues from him.
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