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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Nature of Pro-Muslim Political Correctness

There are two brands of politically-correct defenses of the Other.

  1. The general defense: We have no right to judge societies. (Please note this also applies to their version of Western Civilization.) This also includes the idea that anything that goes wrong with a society is due to capitalist oppression. After all, holding a society responsible for its own problems is judging it.
  2. The specific defenses: These are defenses of the Other based on claims that said Other does a better job at something considered valuable than Western Civilization does. For example, the claims that China is much better at long-term planning, that Stalin's Soviet Union was able to industrialize in record time, that Native Americans preserved the ecosystem, that pre-agricultural societies had what is now considered to be an “enlightened” toward sex, … These claims aren't as self-contradictory as the general defense even if many of them are totally imaginary.
Offhand, I can't think of any specific defense of Islam from a non-Muslim on the left. All such defenses of Islam are based on the general defense.

I can think of an explanation or two of this odd fact but the explanation is half-baked enough to go back in the oven for a while.

Addendum: Never mind.


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