October 10, 2003


Two Civilized Men Among the Barbarians (Glen Ford and Peter Gamble, October 9, 2003, The Black Commentator)

The character of much of what passes for debate in the United States signals that the nation has become the moral equivalent of Tobacco Road, a backwater of civilization.

Humankind has traveled a long journey since the time when some folks walked out of Africa, and others decided to stay. Yet at the American center of the Earth's material wealth and military power, human progress has been short-circuited -- smothered -- by a ruling group bent on dragging the rest of the species toward a social and moral dead end.

This hyper-aggressive group maintains an iron grip on both the mechanisms and the terms of civil discussion, retarding the rest of the citizenry's ability to think and speak like other humans privileged to live in the developed countries. American political conversation is becoming nonsensical, divorced from the very purposes of life.

Measured by the most minimal standards of the modern, industrial world, only two of 10 Democratic candidates for President passed civilized muster at a recent debate in New York City: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rev. Al Sharpton. The rest of the field, to varying degrees, fail to even comprehend modern assumptions of what it is to be human, living among other humans.

Why do we work? What is the purpose of industry and commerce? Do other peoples have rights that stronger nations are bound to respect? Only Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton appear prepared to take part in the evolving global discussion on the central issues facing humanity, Americans included.

Any candidate who fails to address the key question of "What is the purpose of commerce" will surely pay a very high price at the polls.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2003 8:59 AM

Ohh goody. More Leftists engaged in dehumanizing and questioning the motives of those who don't fully support their policies. How open minded of them.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 10, 2003 9:26 AM

I wonder if the 30,000 or so people who are alive today in Iraq (and would not have been otherwise) are grateful to men quite unlike Al Sharpton and Dennis Kucinich? These writers are shills, nothing more.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 10, 2003 12:28 PM

I guess the next question might "what is the purpose of liberty in an imperfect world". In college we used to call this mental masturbation.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at October 10, 2003 12:40 PM


At least you could live without liberty. How would anyone get by without commerce?

Posted by: oj at October 10, 2003 8:08 PM


Ask the people in North Korea (or 10+ years ago, in Albania).

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 10, 2003 11:07 PM