(Plato’s Republic, tr. Bloom, 492A)“
and be such as
they are.”“But WHEN do the biggest sophists turn out
young and old, men & women, JUST the way they want them to be?”
Glaucon asks. Socrates answers, “When many gathered together
sit down in assemblies, courts, theaters, army camps, or any other common
meeting of a multitude, and with a great deal of uproar, blame some of the
things said or done, and praise others, both in excess, shouting and clapping;
and, besides, the rocks and the very place surrounding them echo and redouble
the uproar of blame and praise. "Now in such circumstances, as
the saying goes, what do you suppose is the state of the young man’s
heart? Or what kind of private education will hold out for him and not be swept
away by such blame and praise and go, borne by the flood, wherever it tends, so
that he’ll say the same things are noble and base as they do, practice
what they practice, and be such as they are?”
The author starts with this quote, ”A mediocre professional
quarterback’s intellectually vacuous and grandiose political gesture
becomes fodder for the worldwide marketing of overpriced gym shoes, tokens of
style for lives with too little moral, religious or familial substance.”
Then goes on to complain about comedians, “But it turns out that comedians
and talk-show hosts have abandoned comedy in favor of virtue-signaling and
compulsive manifestations of contempt for any who might disagree.”It appears the author is incapable of the introspection necessary to
view the hypocrisy of his own position. The author can complain contemptuously
and condescendingly all he wants. What he needs to do is quit pretending he is
above it all.
Dr. Hancock's distress at excess politicization is at once undermined and
demonstrated by the gratuitous swipes in his lede. Are we really to believe Dr.
Hancock's would find Kaepernick more credible if he had combined talents of
Unitas, Starr, Namath, and both Mannings? Why is it necessary to diminish
Williams? Sure, she's a great athlete, but she's still only a girl.
And why not add a throwaway jab at feminism ("whatever they may be")
while you're at it? One form of expression of the political polarization
he decries is condescension towards and belittling of the other side, to render
their opinions unworthy of consideration. He's a mediocre athlete, so why
should his views on race matter (even though he is a black man who has
experienced racism)? She is good, but not the best player in history, so why
should her views on the treatment of women matter (even though she is a woman
who has experienced sexism)? The column proves the headline. Even the author
cannot transcend politics.
HSTucker "It is utterly impossible to implement economic "equality"
without totalitarianism"..and thus goes the argument that liberals are
actually against freedom.Well once again you miss state the issue.
Your implication is personal economic equality is the goal..doctors make the
same as dishwashers. Of course this is just misinformed obfuscation. An economic system where labor is paid it's share of value is not
totalitarianism. However a system where owners are paid pretty much the whole
of value and value is manipulated to exclude labor is
Oligarchy...Totalitarianism parading around in a tailored suit.
"Politics now is about everything because it is about nothing."The good professor has now passed from theory to axiom, signaling that his
critical capacity has become paralyzed. For him, as for Macbeth at the crisis,
nothing signifies because everything is just sound and fury. The
rest of us will continue, as we always have, to love our families, our country,
and our faith despite the sound and fury.
Excellent piece with some fine arguments.It might be good, for those
who don't know some of the specifics, to include links that take readers to
stories about the two athletes mentioned. I barely knew enough of what was
currently going on in the news to know what was being talked about. Others may
"We demand equality for all human beings, but we have forgotten, or denied,
what a human being is."Likewise, we have forgotten, or denied,
(or been deceived about) what equality is. It is utterly impossible
to implement economic "equality" without totalitarianism. Economic
equality can only exist if we deny human beings the freedom to choose for
themselves, because free choice will inevitably create inequalities. Inequality
is a feature, not a bug.
Ralph...So you don't like Colin or Serena.I
don't like Faux Noise, Right Wing Hate Radio, Sinclair Broadcasting
etc..I don't listen, watch or read anything coming form these
mis-information sources.I suggest you do the same.
"Everything has become political because we have succumbed to the illusion
that politics can overcome all limitations and, yes, all inequalities of the
human condition. We imagine we can make people more free and equal without
making them better people. "Professor Hancock works the personal
responsibility principle to the exclusion of other considerations. If an
economy becomes starkly unequal it stunts personal development and sabotages the
political system. For example, Latin America is a basket case because
Spain's colonies foisted a large estate model on the population, denying
personal property for the large mass of people. Beware, with our own growing
accelerating income and wealth inequality we may well emulate Latin
America's experience. Already we look like Argentina!
Politics has always been about groups of people within a larger group and how
they deal one with another, usually regarding their differences. Leaders or
spokesmen/ spokeswomen usually arise in each group. Some leaders use this
opportunity to seek to gain power to further their own agenda - and, voila !
This power - seeking has become addictive for many. Not many George Washingtons
Well said! Politics is causing the problems and discord.
Until 2003 it was illegal to be gay in the state of Utah.I
couldn't get married or adopt in that state until 2013.School
teachers there still can't say "gay people can have full, complete
lives" without breaking state law.Your adoption laws were
structured to exclude gay people.Like many others, you tried various
employment bans. At the federal level, you supported backing me from military
service and before that from even having a security clearance.Y'all made the personal political a long time ago. It's not fair to
blame us for calling it out.
Well said Mr. Hancock.
This was very well stated. Thank you for this eloquent piece.