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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving

I'm doing a quick thanksgiving post because, besides whatever we may individually have to be thankful for, strictly in the context of what we're doing here we have a lot to be thankful for as well.

We're fortunate to be confronted with a fascinating challenge that makes demands of us on many levels. Growing up, I was often dismayed that a person like me, interested in political philosophy and political theory, would have little to do or think about in this age. Instead, all intellectual effort flowed like waste into the meat grinder of political science, a dronish activity that took root in shadow of the hollow empire of technocrat liberalism.

I have more respect for political science as a discipline today, but I'm also happy to know that ponderous burning core ponderings are still a necessary part of the discussion. In fact there's plenty to do for everyone, men of action and scribblers alike, and all of it is difficult and interesting. I'm thankful for that.

3 Comments:

Anonymous TalkinKamel said...

Happy Thanksgiving---unfortunately, I don't feel fascinated by the problems facing us. I feel terrified, and alarmed that more is isn't being done to counter what's going on.

From CAIR demanding an investigation of those 6 imams kicked off the US Air plane (one of them, Shahin, appears to have a terrorist connections) to what's going on in Europe (take a look at the interview with the policeman on Gates of Vienna today), the world is changing---not in a good way.

Political theory is nice. Talk is fun. Neither one seems to get you much of anywhere, in the long run, though I suppose it's a nice way of killing time.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Abu Nopal said...

TK,

If the work we do here on this blog helps people think in a clear headed way about the actions they take, or plan to take, imagine how much wasted effort will be avoided.

I know that's still more intention than reality, but as the movement develops I think we'll find that those who deliberate carefully about their actions will outperform those who do not.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous TalkinKamel said...

Maybe so. But talk is still just talk. And it has a tendency to become a never-ending, ever-reinforcing circle, an excuse for never doing anything.

10:38 AM  

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