Monday, March 19, 2007

Madness or higher dialectics?

Oleg Atbashian is a writer and graphic designer from Ukraine, who now lives in New York and writes a blog called I have not come across it before and am therefore, grateful to Pajamas Media (as ever) for calling attention to this long and extremely well-argued essay on the subject of the "higher morality" that encompasses many of my own attitudes towards the Beatles as well as the idiots who join demonstrations because they think this is the real morality.

Mind you, I am not absolutely convinced Paul was all that musical but better than John, clearly. And, equally clearly, Ringo is the only sensible one.

There is no doubt in my mind, however, that Oleg Atbashian is right when he says:
Such mad morality is exactly what drives people into crowds at anti-war rallies. The fate of Iraq is not their biggest concern. Protesting the war is more of an excuse to take revenge for the daily torture of maddening hypocrisy and compromises with the “system.” Believers in the Gospel of John and Yoko use these rallies to claim high moral ground, work out anxieties, seek reassurance - and some of the die-hards may even still harbor hope that a collective hallucination will somehow change the objective reality - just as the prophecy predicted.

As for the Iraqis - to hell with them! Let them all kill each other. “Progressives” have more pressing issues, struggling to maintain and expand their high moral ground. They have never cared about the lives of the people they claimed to protect. They didn’t care about the Soviets, Cubans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, or Palestinians. It was always about them and their maddening inner struggles.
Read the whole piece. Well worth it.

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