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Mike Young’s Dialectic of Enlightenment

One of the aspects of Mike Young’s form of thinking that seems so ironic for a professed Liberal, as well as just plain counter-productive when applied to policy making, is his inability to understand his objects of criticism with ANY sort of immanent difference. Hizbullah ONLY operates via fear, as he has repeatedly put it; Feltman was ONLY trying his best to bring democracy to Lebanon in 2005; Aoun supporters are ONLY captives of a false consciousness, slaves to envy.

The totalizing approach that is the core of Young’s epistemology – perhaps why he is Eliott Abrams’s favorite thinker – is objectionable for many reasons, but the one I favor is how it cloaks itself in the guise of freedom, critical thought and openness. Even when he “admits” partially that he may have been wrong, he does so not as a humble exercise in Liberal thinking but as a vehicle to further castigate and ridicularize his opponents… which makes the exercise even more useless morally and politically. His opponents ONLY become MORE asinine as Young partially corrects himself – not a normal operation when self-criticism is unleashed….From Now Lebanon today:

“The more ridiculous Aoun’s performances became, the more ridiculous his devotees appeared for applauding his every asinine semi-colon. And yet many have remained with him, so that those of us who wrote Aoun off too readily must admit that we were partly wrong.”


Written by nickbiddlenoe

August 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Posted in ANALYSIS

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