Should Auster be ostracized?
Erich/Hesperado—still smarting from his failed attempt at Dennis Mangan’s blog the other week to portray me as a gnostic who think that I alone possess the secret truth, or, at best, as a strangely convoluted, queerly paradoxical thinker—now asks whether certain individuals should be kicked out of the “anti-jihad” movement. Charles Johnson, he says, should be kicked out. Then he asks whether I also should be ostracized (or perhaps Austerized?). He ponders deeply, then judiciously concludes that while I am “a cantankerous, prickly, curmudgeonly eccentric,” I have “not behaved sufficiently egregiously to warrant being ostracized.”
The anti-jihad movement? There’s a movement? With only about 11 men in this movement, now is probably a good time to start thinking about who needs to be purged.Kidist writes:
I agree with Gintas! More like the anti-Jihad rant, or the anti-Jihad rhetoric. Spencer even seems to be going backwards by adding “radical” to Islam in the title of his newest book. (None of his other book titles qualified Islam or Muslims with radical).LA replies:
Kidist, I never thought about it in those terms, but you’re right. A movement is a view of a problem and a call to action to solve it, supported by some kind of group. When I wrote my article, “Separationism,” in which I showed the elements of a “separationist” view that various well-known Islam critics had in common, I was trying to move things in the direction of some kind of shared consensus on this issue, i.e., in the direction of a movement. But the writers I quoted did not welcome my efforts, and one in particular, Hugh Fitzgerald, treated me as though I was a bum who had walked up on to him on the street and given him a bear hug. However, a goodly number of bloggers and commenters have expressed agreement with, or at least a positive attitude toward, the separationist strategy.November 25
I think that the burden or responsibility of making the movement happen needn’t rest on your shoulders alone.Alan Roebuck writes:
I’m heartened to hear you say:
November 26November 26
On one hand, Hesperado magnanimously declares that I am not as egregious as Charles Johnson and should not be kicked out of the “movement”; on the other hand, he turns my name into a synonym for dishonest debate tactics. Under the cover of saying I should not be ostracized, he continues his campaign against me.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 24, 2008 09:07 PM | Send