Empty Days

Friday, January 30, 2004

Fat scared cows

What is it about Norman Finkelstein that irks so many people? And I am not one of them. There are some really fat sacred-cows running around that need to be shot and I think Finkelstein is doing just that. And of course the cow-worshippers hate him for it.

I don't follow politics very closely but I do remember when Itzak Rabin was murdered. Perhaps I am terrifically mistaken but he seemed like the only man who was willing to really push for a new way out of the endless Middle-East conflict. It's so endless it's about to beat the IRA-vs-UK in longevity.

Too many fat sacred-cows need to be shot - and the man who first dares to raise his voice to proclaim this truth is the greatest heretic. Rabin was a heretic. And so is Finkelstein.

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In connection with this I am also intending to investigate Peter Singer's bioethics philosophy. It's too new for me to pronounce as to whether I might find it sensible or not. But the man is clearly trying to chase some of those fat animals infesting the neighbourhood - and I am willing to listen to what he's got to say about it.

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What makes me willing to listen to the heretics? I don't do it on purpose - it's a natural inclination. Perhaps the mere fact that I am not caught up in a tight social circle where thinking is not so much censored as constantly directed and shaped to fit the interests of the group. I am not sure this is the right explanation.





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