Why is it that those on the receiving end of tyrannical practices often seem to have a surer grasp of their weight, their moral significance, than a certain kind of Western intellectual who somehow loses sight of that when making comparisons with the much freer society in which he or she lives? The question is rhetorical. Please don't send me answers on a postcard. It's because a certain kind of Western intellectual is, in this special context, stupid. The victims of tyranny, in the same context, can't afford to be.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
From writer/blogger Norm Geras: