Apartheid’s Useful Idiots - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic (via dendroica)
Buckley’s racket as an American paid propagandist for white supremacy would be repeated over the years in conservative circles. As Sam Kleiner demonstrates in Foreign Policy, apartheid would ultimately draw some of America’s most celebrated conservatives into its orbit. The roster includes Grover Norquist, Jack Abramoff, Jesse Helms, and Senator Jeff Flake. Jerry Falwell denounced Desmond Tutu as a “phony” and led a “reinvestment” campaign during the 1980s. At the late hour of 1993, Pat Robertson opined, “I know we don’t like apartheid, but the blacks in South Africa, in Soweto, don’t have it all that bad.”
Not all prominent conservatives were so dishonorable. When Congress overrode President Ronald Reagan’s veto of sanctions of South Africa, Mitch McConnell, for instance, was forthright—”I think he is wrong … We have waited long enough for him to come on board.” When Falwell embarrassed himself by condemning Tutu, some Republican senators denounced him.
But the overall failure of American conservatives to forthrightly deal with South Africa’s white-supremacist regime, coming so soon after their failure to deal with the white-supremacist regime in their own country, is part of their heritage, and thus part of our heritage. When you see a Tea Party protestor waving the flag of slavery in front of the home of the first black president, understand that this instinct has been cultivated.
To write history is so difficult that most historians are forced to make concessions to the technique of legend.Erich Auerbach, “Mimesis”
Ivan Turgenev Collection (3 Books)
The Russian novelist and playwright was born October 28, 1818 O.S. The collection consists of “Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories,” “The Vintage, Volume I,” and ” Fathers and Sons.”
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” - Ivan Turgenev
… Second I tell you it’s a waste of effort to study human individuals. All human beings are like each other, in their souls as much as their bodies. Each of us has an identically constructed brain, spleen, heart, lungs. And the so-called moral qualities are the same in us all; small variations have no significance. A single human specimen is enough to judge them all. People are like trees in a forest. No botanist is going to study each individual birch tree.”Ivan Turgenev, “Fathers and Sons,” translated by Peter Carson
“And do you suppose,” said Anna Sergeyevna, “that, when society is reformed, there’ll be no stupid or bad people?”
“At least,” [Bazarov answered,] in a properly ordered society it won’t matter if a man is stupid or intelligent, bad or good.”
“Yes, I understand. They’ll have an identical spleen.
The eyes are hammers.Wassily Kandinsky
Martha is an abstract painter. I used to be a figurative painter, but I’m not anymore. I don’t really know what I am, these days.
Once the lights are out and our clothes are off, up until I meet Martha in the middle of the room – where the bed is – I don’t feel like much of anything. I feel like a naked point in the darkness. Sometimes, right after Martha turns out the lights, I feel as if the picture that was my body has been cleaved away to its essential skeletal points. Once Martha comes close to me, I feel as if those points have been put in motion. I feel less like a point and more like a form, moving in the dark.
- from “Point and Line”