Monday, August 12, 2013

Know Your French Leftists: A Little Monday Night Metablogging

Let's take a little pop quiz. Which South Dakota blog featured a post favorably quoting a left-wing, gay, French philosopher who engaged in some sado-masochistic behavior?
A. The Madville Times authored by a French teacher and self-proclaimed liberal
B. Natural Right and Biology authored by a professor and self-proclaimed conservative
C. The American Clarion authored by a self-proclaimed Christian conservative
D. South Dakota Liberty authored by a self-proclaimed Libertarian
The correct answer is C. (Yeah, I made it easy for you.)

Bob Ellis's RSS feed/blog featured a post by John W. Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute which claims to be "dedicated to the defense of civil liberties and human rights." Whitehead begins his post with the following Michel Foucault quotation:
“Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?”
Whitehead goes on to list examples of schools acting like authoritarian states rather than learning institutions. The examples, if reported accurately, are egregious. Other Whitehead posts decry the surveillance state, a action that cannot be done often enough.

I know I've done a similar post recently, but seeing that Foucault quotation on Ellis's blog left me gobsmacked. I look forward to the Derrida and Nietzsche posts

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