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October 25, 2005

Pacing Around a Disturbing Theme

My latest FactIs column, "The Premises of the Culture of Death," ponders a theme upon which I can't quite land my finger. Something about things not meaning what they mean in pulsing cultural conversation that lacks substance.

This, by the way, is my final FactIs column. I'm very grateful to the folks who produce the 'zine for giving me the opportunity, and for doing so with such consistent courtesy and encouragement. But timing is as it is, and the need to prepare my house (and household) to accommodate another child in the spring — as well as the need to support that house (and household) — will leave me unable to devote sufficient time to a regular, polished, deadlined column.

Posted by Justin Katz at October 25, 2005 6:24 PM
Culture
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"a theme upon which I can't quite land my finger."

Hey, I thought the job of columnists was to crystallize these things for the teeming masses. If you don't know the answer, why should we read your column? ;)

Posted by: Mike S. at October 26, 2005 5:06 PM


I'm guessing that our host can't quite put his finger on the premises because as with many such things, said premises are unspoken, or even unconscious. Mark Morford's screed out in San Francisco is chock full of unexamined premises and likely unconscious ones, for example. He rants about overpopulation despite that fact that absent immigration, the United States is at or below Zero Population Growth, all of Europe is below ZPG, and the only growth in population nowadays is in middle eastern countries. It is slowing there as well.

One of the ironies of the modern day is the de facto alliance between leftists such as the San Francisco writer and the "you love life, we love death" maniacs of extreme Islam. It's ironic, because the extreme Islam group would gladly kill all of the San Francisco Democrats, yet the latter embraces the former. Maybe it's just another example of the culture of death? I had not thought of it before, but it could be.

Posted by: notdhimmi at October 27, 2005 10:22 AM

Perhaps what Justin is seeing or feeling is the variety of ways in which hatred of the Truth manifests itself.

Posted by: Mike S. at October 27, 2005 4:51 PM

Looks like Peggy Noonan was drinking some of the same stuff you were, Justin.

Posted by: Mike S. at October 27, 2005 10:08 PM

Peggy Noonan has been drinking some kool-aid alright, but I doubt Justin has been drinking the same stuff. I doubt you would hear Justin calling on the elites to "lead us out of the forest" like Peggy did. Peggy makes the false assumption that the wheels were actually put on the trolley and the trolley put on the track. It ain't happened yet. If you really think it did, that's why you're feeling lost.

Posted by: smmtheory at October 28, 2005 12:42 PM

I have no idea what you're trying to say, smmtheory.

Posted by: Mike S. at October 28, 2005 4:28 PM

Mike S.,
I thought it was rather obvious that your implicative imbibing remark was being challenged as a false assumption.

Posted by: smmtheory at October 31, 2005 10:30 AM

Peggy makes the false assumption that the wheels were actually put on the trolley and the trolley put on the track. It ain't happened yet. If you really think it did, that's why you're feeling lost.

Are you saying that our society was never on the tracks to begin with? That we've been careening out of control for 300 years?

Posted by: Mike S. at November 1, 2005 8:35 AM

Careening out of control assumes that control was actually established. I've seen no signs to indicate that control was ever established, much less that any great amount of forward momentum was present that needed to have control established.

Posted by: smmtheory at November 1, 2005 11:20 AM