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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 3:18 p.m. PST

….Myth of the Dark Continent

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 3:40 p.m. PST

"Imperialist ideology which urged the abolition of … slavery."

Lol. Such evil Victorian imperialists!!! How dare they coerce the locals into relinquishing such a "savage custom"?

I couldn't read much after the second or third occurrence of the word "imperialist", all within a breath or two of each other. My eyes kinda roll into the back of my head at that point.

PS. Sadly, though, the practice has resumed and continues to this day, and pretty much by the same people who managed that whole trade before the Europeans even came into the picture.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 9:23 a.m. PST



earlofwessex Inactive Member14 Nov 2017 9:47 a.m. PST

It reads like a caricature of modern academic writing, where there is no truth, only power plays. Actions are all evaluated in terms of exerting power and whatever people in positions of power do is repressive of someone else.

I shouldn't say "people" in positions of power, because the essential humanity of those "in power" is often forgotten.

To be fair, I didn't finish it. Whenever I see Said's "Orientalism" referred to positively, I know what I'm in for: another Neo-Marxist work that has replaced Capital and Labor with Oppressor and Oppressed. I realize that this isn't fair. That's why I would say this on a forum, but not in an official capacity.

Tom Scott Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

Wonderful leftist graduate psychobabble. No point in reading past the first mention of Foucault, let alone Said.

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