[Milton-L] "Avatar" reviewed by Milton : What can we do?

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 15:40:44 EST 2010


Amusing, Carter, but of course our options are not limited to
Rousseau's ridiculous, essentially racist romanticizing of indigenous
cultures (authentic=closer to nature and therefore not in possession
of real culture) and puritan intolerance.

Unless you're writing for Hollywood, of course.

Jim R

On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Sanford Blackburn
<antinomian2 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> What can we do?  No . . . really . . . what can we do?
> Well, we should get our historical and political understanding in order.  We
> should read Melville's _The Confidence Man_ and Hawthorne's _The Scarlet
> Letter_ to clear our heads of all hippie detritus, and then we should go
> through our libraries and burn Rousseau, then embrace an open and
> independent form of Calvinism, seek to live lives of truth-telling and
> charity, affect humble piety and repent for burning all those copies of
> Rousseau, but then if anyone tries to teach Rousseau we should burn them at
> the stake. That should about do it, I think.
> Carter Kaplan



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