Re: Europe and the Americas (fwd)

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Wed, 21 Feb 1996 18:31:29 -0500

Among other things, others responded to in private, Dwight READ
<Read@ANTHRO.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU> commented:

> the assumption (which I see as
> underlying the Ayn Rand quote) that one can rank cultures according to
> some scale of ADVANCEMENT (not complexity!) and then say that those
> cultures that are more advanced are justified in replacing those cultures
> that are less advanced?

It is like calling building 6000 new houses in and around Bloomington
"development"! What you mean is that it although couched in a rhetoric of
"objectivity" (in quotes), it is through and through a
culturally/economically defined value judgement.

Now, how are we going to pursuade THEM?