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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Savages and Complex Ideas

Imagine if Melissa McEwan or the freaks on Feministing or Slate heard something about the erosion of the nation-state and decided to share the news with their excitable followers. The trajectory of the nation-state model is a complex subject that requires a nuanced treatment. Here on the blog we have spent years trying to figure it out. 

But what if the subject is stumbled upon by the people who are incapable of nuance and mistake psychological problems for a political stance? They would produce something along the lines of “the nation-state is collapsing and the pieces will fall down on your head and give you a concussion and then the job market would reject you and you’ll die! And we will all die! Immediately!”

I’m reading The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame by David J Blacker, and by God, he is the Melissa McEwan of the nation-state erosion. He is in love with the concept of eliminationism that prompts McEwan to see every ad featuring thin people as an attempt to eliminate fat people and that, in Blacker’s case, translates into the idea that standardized school testing has as its goal the physical elimination of students. Like in causing their physical death. And that’s just one of his insights. 

The writing is so overwrought and intense that it reads like a parody of everything Zygmunt Bauman and Ulrich Beck ever wrote. I enjoyed being a popularizer of these ideas on the blog and in my book but now I have seen what will happen if the over-eager yet intellectually unsophisticated folks stumble across them. And it’s not pretty. 

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5 thoughts on “Savages and Complex Ideas

  1. el on said:

    \ I enjoyed being a popularizer of these ideas on the blog and in my book but now I have seen what will happen if the over-eager yet intellectually unsophisticated folks stumble across them.

    I hope you won’t stop sharing the information with us because of that.

    I am very eager to read your book after spending hours discussing the issues. Will it be published soon?

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    • The book is supposed to come out in August.

      I guess it is inevitable that any knowledge that is out there will fall into the hands of the congenitally stupid. We don’t have them on this blog but they abound in nature. 🙂

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  2. The problem is is that any worthwhile will also get into the hands of fools. That’s maybe part of the same thinking that keeps governments from informing citizens about their plans.

    It’s not a question of keeping the ideas only among the reasonable, but limiting the damage that fools can do with them.

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    • It’s like those awful reproductions of Van Gogh that are now in every dentist’s waiting room. These are beautiful paintings but they have been killed by eager idiots.

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  3. AcademicLurker on said:

    You’re literally trying to kill me by blogging about the erosion of the nation-state! I demand that you stop immediately!

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