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What credibility does D'Souza have?

His thesis is plainly barking mad - standard issue hate-speech yapping propaganda from the lunatic Right, but surely obvious nonsense among people who aren't clinically deranged.

I expect it will get some traction in the US, but the rest of the world will be too busy pointing and laughing to need to spend time deconstructing it.

Random House, meanwhile, will be laughing all the way to the bank. I doubt even they take it seriously.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Mar 7th, 2007 at 11:05:29 AM EST
None at all to anyone with a functioning brain.

But that's not the point.  Saying there is a right-wing propaganda machine here in the states is not hyperbole.  It is a statement of fact.  Approximately 30% of the US population lives in that world-view, to some degree or other, and they think D'Souza is a Great Mind -- Look!  He wrote a book, is on Fox News, and everything!

D'Souza gains his creditability from the venues and media channels through which he is presented to the public.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Mar 7th, 2007 at 12:23:02 PM EST
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Agreed. Just calling him barking mad doesn't effectively knock down his points. What seems prima facie nuts to those of us who eat and breath this stuff every day, gets credibility by default because

1)he is an academic who publishes a book and is on Fox news...and

2)no one on the left bothers to note that the very premise for the 'clash of cultures' argument is factual nonsense--not just a poor opinion (which many including K. Pollit, E. Alterman, dKos readers, etc...have done in abundance)--but factually inaccurate, as in, opposed to statistically verifiable reality --and, as a consequence, all the nasty stuff that's derived from it can get a kind of intellectual 'free pass' as well--at least for those 30% who are already nodding their heads...

So I think D'Souzas little rant offers an excellent opportunity to do a top to bottom critique of the right's world view. Starting from a factually insane premise and working our way outward. FYI, where I intend to wind up is Axelrod's gaming experiments and a strong argument for the evolution of cooperation as a moral and cultural end point.

by delicatemonster (delicatemons@delicatemonster.com) on Wed Mar 7th, 2007 at 03:50:25 PM EST
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