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Racist marble statues

Post by William » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:57 pm

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018 ... JgJYS6MWrY


This article is idiotic on many levels here are a few:


1. It is a well known fact, and has been a well known fact for a very long time that ancient statues were painted

2. The fact that we think of these status of white marble has 0 to do with racism and more to do with the fact that these statues haven't been painted in over a millennia.

When renaissance and neoclassical art started to make sculpture in the classic style, they didn't find a need to paint. If you want to be obnoxious and use progressive language you can write this off by saying something like, taste evolved. Of course that doesn't fit the progressive narrative at the moment, so taste was reactionary... Why not.

3. True, the Greeks and Romans didn't "think of race as we do". But the "we" they are referring to is a narrow group of intelligentsia who get lost in their own discussions and language and activism. They could certainly distinguish characteristics of different people. They did this all the time, see the famous dying Gaul statute, read an old travel guide, or any description about Germans.

4. That progressives can be so smarmy about great non discoveries, turn it into "socially relevant " issues, act about as sophisticated, predictable, but less funny as a teenage "iconoclast" is a clear sign of decadence.

5. The BBC Troy series was absolute trash. If anything people were reacting to BBC racial didactism, and the clear inability for the proggies to not self reflect on that. Fewer would care if you made good products, made good casting choices, and didn't push this nonsense. Even fewer would care if you didn't make such an issue that minorities were represented properly as minorities. This has nothing to do with being "right wing" and, like proggies thinking about white marble statues, everything to do with the deficiencies and simultaneous heavy handedness of a progressive world view, truth claims, and way it constructs narratives.

Honesty this is a paint by numbers article, it just as well could have been about food, vacation spots, or whatever and you can fill in the blanks once you know the game.
I have come to feel strongly that the greatest service I can still render to my fellow men would be that I could make the speakers and writers among them thoroughly ashamed ever again to employ the term 'social justice'.
F.A Hayek

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