25 March 2010

Victor Davis Hanson On Public Discourse


After someone recently attempted to submit a comment to my blog which included crude bathroom-type humor insults and curse words, I came across the following commentary by preeminent military historian Victor Davis Hanson on how "progressives" have redefined what is now considered acceptable in public discourse:

Like it or not, between 2001 and 2008, the “progressive” community redefined what is acceptable and not acceptable in political and public discourse about their elected officials. Slurs like “Nazi” and “fascist” and “I hate” were no longer the old street-theater derangement of the 1960s, but were elevated to high-society novels, films, political journalism, and vein-bulging outbursts of our elites

Though not a perfect analogy to what happened to me, Hanson's comments are rather instructive. You can read more of Hanson's commentary here. Also, for anyone interested, Chris Wehner has posted an excellent interview with Professor Hanson at Blog4History.

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” -Clarence Thomas


2 comments:

MSimons said...

Dr. Hanson is correct using inflammatory terms against our opponets bring no lasting results other than hard feelings.

I love the Thomas quote.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Justice Thomas is a class act, for sure.