Calling Bush’s Views Manichean Is an Insult to the Manicheans
By Dan Skinner
Mr. Skinner is an instructor of political theory at Hunter College at the City University of New York. He is a PhD student of Political Theory at the City University of New York Graduate Center, focusing on the relationship between language and politics.
Did Bush get the categories right? Is he sure who is Good and who is Evil? If not, he is energizing a high-stakes dualistic game based on false distinctions. Of course, those with cooler heads know that the world is too complex and too diverse for such frigid black and white distinctions.
Another intellectual trying to prove how smart he is by bashing Bush. Bush is so simplistic, so uncultured. Did you hear? He actually believes in good and evil. Not like a sophisticated grad student.
Mr. Skinner says that Dubya should not make distinction between good and evil, after all he might be wrong. Today in Baghdad, 35 children were killed by car bombs, would Mr. Skinner call the ones who did this evil? How about the murder of 12 Nepalese? Is that not evil? The serial beheadings carried out by the “insurgents?” Were these acts evil? Or do we have to examine each act individually, with no connection with anything else? Was the Bataan Death March evil? Was the Rape of Nanking evil? Was the Holocaust evil? A better question is; how could any of these things be good? If you can’t readily believe that massacring children, bombing civilians and brutally murdering civilians could be a good thing, then there is no reason to even join Mr. Skinner in his post-modern confusion.
Isn’t it amazing how a few years of education can strip the common sense of some? I suppose this grad student will get pats from his thesis adviser and he will be the BMOC at the Student Union, but thankfully the audience for such academic bovine manure is small and shrinking.