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By gzt (Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 11:19:58 AM EST) gzt, republican, grad student (all tags)
I suppose it's time to come clean: I am, it seems, a Republican liberal arts grad student who always believes himself to be the smartest man in the room. I will admit: it's a tough cross to bear, but somebody has to carry it. If not me, then who? If not now, then when?

I am quite distressed that the Olympics are taking up far more space in the press than the Russian attack on Georgia. Honestly, nobody will remember the Olympics in two months, but this attack is only the beginning of something larger. Some commentators are likening it to the German invasion of Czechoslovakia, but that's far too dramatic and unrealistic. We will, however, look back on it next month, next year, etc. The answer, of course, as a Republican liberal arts grad student, is to invade Russia and enforce democracy while taking their oil, natural gas, etc. Abkhazia and South Ossetia will have to learn to live with Georgian democratic rule. The net effect of my plan is that more Georgian wine will make it to America: everybody wins.

Oh no: it's still only 2:20. I've got to get out of here. But I can't for another few hours.

As a young Republican, I suppose when I do eventually go home this evening, I'll get a buzzcut and do some push-ups, since I probably have a hard-on for the military but am too weak to actually join, being an effete liberal arts grad student. But! at least I speak Sanskrit.

My mention of Galen and Ptolemy was not accidental, though perhaps I should have mentioned Aristotle for thematic unity. The study of the history of evolution properly begins with Aristotle's Biology (I say properly because that's where I started, and everything I do is proper) and continues with Galen. You have to understand his teleological method in order to appreciate what Darwin &c were up against. The ancients were not stupid and they were not backward, a teleological method is really a pretty sensible method until you come to the modern method, but even the typical lay appropriation of science - sometimes even as presented by Real Scientists - reads teleology into Nature.

Let me take this opportunity to point out that anybody making fun of Ptolemy's work is a dumbass who doesn't know a damn thing about anything. It's easy, as a modern, to look back and say, "Look at those wankers, they thought the Earth was the center of the universe, they didn't even know that blood circulated, they were fools." That's right, I'm pretty damn conservative: I'm defending Aristotle's biology and Ptolemy's astronomy. Suck it, you liberalist fairies!

I'm worried about the new Brideshead movie. From preliminary reports, it butchers the book and inverts the entire point of it. The book, as you all must know, being well-read yourselves, is a perfect example of the triumph of good Conservative values over decadent liberalist thought. Or, more to the point, how the grace of God works in subtle ways to gather a number of people back to Him. The movie, from what I've heard, rails against the stifling atmosphere of family values, or, more to the point, rails against how the religious obligations the characters undertake stifle their pursuit of true happiness. Curse that superstitious Goddism, it always gets in the way of what we want to do right now, I suppose, is the message it intends to convey.

Though really, as long as I have this Republican hat on, I must say of the previous paragraph that the "conservative" lapse into talking about "values" should not be encouraged. The discourse of values, as I've pointed out time and time again, is inherently nihilistic. A "value" is merely something that some people find, well, valuable. Others may disagree. Others may find a certain "value" valuable, but other "values" more valuable. In the end, it is all a matter of preference with no objective ground beneath it. Echt nihilism. This is hardly an original insight, I believe The Closing of the American Mind made a similar point, but it has been a while since I read it. If one believes in God, which a good many conservatives do, one should not speak of "values". It is simply nihilism, which leads to liberalism, which is a sin.

Over and out.

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A day in the life of a Republican arts grad student | 9 comments (9 topical, 0 hidden)
-1 please stop feeding the trolls <nt> by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 02:34:24 PM EST

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
But it's so fun. by gzt (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 02:48:02 PM EST
Better than working.

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Republican Liberal Arts by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:24:15 AM EST
Well, since the Liberal Arts were Conservative from the beginning, and are supposed to make good Conservative Men out of callow youths...

Read this for a good set of reasons for the US to Stay Out of the situation in Georgia.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I pretty much agree by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:42:05 AM EST
Nothing good can come out of US interventions that go beyond economic and diplomatic poking.

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The US was already in Georgia . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 05:17:11 AM EST
. . . and is involved.

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Not militarily. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 05:33:41 AM EST
We did airlift Georgian troops from Iraq back to Georgia, but that's the extent of our military involvement.

There's not much the US can do to influence the situation.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Wrong . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 05:40:56 AM EST
. . . you should really find out where your arms and military advisors go.

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Oops, I was wrong . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 06:00:36 AM EST
. . . not just advisors - trainers:

And arms, etc. through a favourite proxy:

The US has a hundred fingers in a hundred pies. How else to keep up the fantastic standard of being the world's largest arms dealer (around 50% of world sales)?

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To whit . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 07:06:23 AM EST
A day in the life of a Republican arts grad student | 9 comments (9 topical, 0 hidden)