Monday, May 18, 2009

Multicultural Homogenization

Robert Stacy McCain's got a great post up, right down my alley, "'Diversity Through Homogenization' and the Cowardice of the Elite.

The thesis is that mulitculturalism isn't "multi" at all. Leftists promote abject conformity, and they'll eliminate dissenters. Read the whole post (I like the notion of "mindless multiculturalism"). This passage on Larry Summers' moral cowardice is especially good:
The experience of Larry Summers at Harvard is the quintessential example of how the Left wins through intimidation. Summers was a liberal in good standing when he made the mistake of mildly questioning feminist dogma. Feminists believe with religious fervor that "underrepresentation" of women in any field can only be the product of sexist discrimination. This is merely the gynocentric variation of the basic argument of the Left that inequality always equals injustice, a transparent myth of the sort that inspired George Orwell to remark, "One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool." Summers' error was to challenge dogma half-heartedly, then to cower defensively when the fanatics howled in rage, rather than speaking with the bold determination of a man convinced of truth. Final score: Feminists 1, Summers 0.
Well, now that we're on Summers. Here's a flashback to Ruth Wisse's excellent piece, "Gender Fender-Bender: Feminist Complainers, not Larry Summers, Owe Women An Apology."


UPDATE: I just found this older essay at Protein Wisdom, "On Cultural Materialism, Language, and the Progressive Gambit." Worth a look ...


Tom the Redhunter said...

Anyone who doubts that McCain is right when he writes that "eftists promote abject conformity, and they'll eliminate dissenters" need only consider the Carrie Prejean incident.