Sunday, June 22, 2008

The war of the word

This is a quote from an article on Obama's church and how they're doing since he threw them under the bus when they became politically inconvenient. But that's not why I pulled this quote. What I'm interested in is the last sentence:

"If a politician wants to move up in government, he can come to church and jump and shout," said the Rev. Barbara Reynolds, a lecturer at Howard University's School of Divinity. "But it is not okay to go to a church where they are speaking truth to power and talking about racism, sexism and capitalism."

racism, sexism and capitalism

So in this formulation "capitalism" is the equivalent of "racism" and "sexism". Keep this in mind the next time you are arguing in favor of the market economy. Your opponent may very well be responding to you as if you were arguing in favor of Jim Crow. The competition of ideas is often played in very subtle, even trivial ways, but that's where the game must be played.

2 comments:

Purpleslog said...

"Keep this in mind the next time you are arguing in favor of the market economy. Your opponent may very well be responding to you as if you were arguing in favor of Jim Crow."

Nicely put. I see that sort of thing a lot on the internet.

phil said...

Yeah it took me a while to awaken to the left's stereotypes and prejudices but now it is very obvious.