Quote from: OttoVonBismarck on Today at 10:37:46 AMQuote from: Josquius on Today at 03:16:38 AMThats a weird flip. Isn't it at the core of zionism and the general arguments of pro Israeli folks that Jews are a race?
No. Jews are a "people" is how I often see them describe themselves. Even the most hardcore Orthodox Jew doesn't think all Jews belong to the same race.
More conservative Jews do try to deny genetic similarity with the Arab population, but pretty basic science has shown there is a lot of intermixing that has occurred over the millennia. And also just like the primary way to easily distinguish an Israeli Jew from an Israeli Arab is how they are dressed, that isn't something you can say about say, black people in America.
Quote from: Josquius on Today at 03:16:38 AMThats a weird flip. Isn't it at the core of zionism and the general arguments of pro Israeli folks that Jews are a race?
Quote from: viper37 on February 23, 2024, 10:40:07 PMAt what point does an occupation becomes colonization? When you remove people to put your own, is that still an occupation? When you destroy people's home to build you own settlement is that an occupation?
Quote from: Tamas on Today at 09:33:09 AMThe lack of grand narrative is a comforting thought but which societies right now benefit from grand narratives? Russia, China, Hungary? Hardly success stories or desirable places.So I think maybe metanarrative is better than grand narrative. It's a way of interpreting and understanding the world - a narrative of the various disparate narratives happening in a society. I think "grand narrative" maybe gives the national glory spin of that (and that is an example - one that Macron mentions) - but, as I say, progress is a metanarrative, the Enlightenment is.
And if we mean things like Cold War era USA as a place with a grand narrative then I am really not sure the country was as calm and uncertain about its own future as that would made it out to be. Certainly not from the moment the status quo elites lost their grip on the cultural narrative (so say 60s).
Quote from: Jacob on Today at 02:08:19 AMSo what's the deal with Poilievre floating the idea of requiring proof of age to browse porn in Canada?To an extent it may be something that's on its way to Canada anyway.
QuoteDoes he genuinely believe there is a significant problem, and this is a good solution?I'm not a parent and I'm late-30s. I think there's real concerns around what underage kids can see online and the effect that's having - in particular on boys. I've read many pieces by young women about how their sexual experience with boys and the sexual expectations of those boys have been kind of fucked up by porn. I don't know the extent to which it's really an issue.
Quote from: garbon on Today at 06:15:17 AMThis feels like a rather romantic view of the past and quite conservative. That might sound like a great idea for those in power and with privilege to benefit from 'grand narratives'. I'm not sure those on the ground benefited or would benefit so much.I think that's fair.
Quote from: Sheilbh on February 23, 2024, 08:26:41 PMThe other is maybe more Euro - but I think it's true in the US too - is something Macron said a few years ago about post-modernism which I think is part of what's going on in the US right especially. It's the sort of thing that only a French President could say, but I think he's right (I'm not sure he's achieved it, but he's tried - I'm not sure if it's possible to achieve, but I feel like it's possibly necessary):QuoteFor me, my office isn't first and foremost a political or technical one. Rather, it is symbolic. I am a strong believer that modern political life must rediscover a sense for symbolism. We need to develop a kind of political heroism. I don't mean that I want to play the hero. But we need to be amenable once again to creating grand narratives. If you like, post-modernism was the worst thing that could have happened to our democracy.
In terms of grand narratives or metanrratives there's nothing "there" - and I think we're currently culturally incapable of even imagining it. And I think politically that's a particular problem because while all elections boil down to "time for a change" v "more of the same", if there's no myth (national or ideological or partisan) to cohere around then all you're left with is that: change v more of the same.