Tuesday, 9 February 2010

"Invincible Ignorance"

Martin McPhillips' description of the New Paltz school district "authority" in New York State. Here it is:
"It [the school district authority] repels critics with its institutional demeanor and its own invincible ignorance based in the rightness of itself as all-good object."
This is a common experience: somebody says a particular agency of the government should "invest" in a particular project; I object on grounds both practical and moral; people look at me with smiles that communicate their sense of empathic embarassment on my behalf, because of course no "sensible" person could honestly expect their objections to such reforms to be taken seriously now could they? To object to state management of the economy via democratic means is quite simply beyond the pale don't you know?

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