Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
What's up with Dinesh?|
A question to my American readers: Is this D'Souza guy for real?If you read the above review, this seems to-the-point too.
|Date:||April 22nd, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)|| |
He's certainly flesh and blood, if that's what you mean. Does he believe the ridiculous things he writes? Who knows. He certainly wouldn't be the first person to expound the view that it's better to to set up a crushing tyrannical government than it is to let other people live their lives the way they see fit. Nor would he be the first to argue that it ought to be applied externally, with the assumption that people cannot (or perhaps should not) be persuaded, so that a religious party ought to ride into power on the coattails of some other popular movement (security, fiscal responsibility, etc) than to stand on its own.
I have no idea of whether he believes what he writes, but I've regarded some of his earlier writing as bizarrely engaged with reälity.
|Date:||April 22nd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)|| |
Do you mean "engaged with reality in a bizarre way" or "engaged with reality, bizzarely!"?
I mean the former. Perhaps there's some distinct insight somewhere in it, but I've not been motivated to pore over it.
His earlier stuff was more obviously serious. Yeah, he's for real. There's a reason that some folks refer to "the Taliban wing" of the American right.
To be entirely fair, while D'Souza used to be an iconic figure of the American right -- ten years ago he was something of a counter-counter-cultural hero, involved in a variety of political stunts of moderate cleverness -- he's not as widely embraced as he once was. I imagine he'll vanish down the memory hole in another few years as far as the political right is concerned, along with Ann Coulter and all the other embarrassing excesses of this decade.
Of course the other, scarier alternative is that he won't...
Dinesh D'Souza is the Best Student of the last thirty years of American movement conservatism. He has studied its ethos so carefully that he came, very early in his career, to embody all of its "distinctives", as the fundamentalists would say-- all the things that set this movement apart from other political movements and especially other conservatives.
That's just my take-- YMMV. I wouldn't say that if I didn't find both him and his movement colleagues tasteless and destructive.
|Date:||April 22nd, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)|| |
Ah, you've found one of our malicious idiots.
In a population of 300,000,000, the small percentage of loudmouths with impressive echo chamber amplification by the cavity which would more typically, in humans, hold a brain is numbered in the millions, alas.
In theory, our system is strong enough to counteract such folks. In practice, Cheney's the VP. I'll be doing something (something!) in the run-up to the '08 elections. Not least of which, making sure there's a whole new voting citizen on the good-guyz' side.