Re: Defenders of the West

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 20:15:53 -0700

On Sat, 27 Jul 1996, John McCreery wrote:

> "Imperialism, sexism, and racism are words of Western coinage, not because
> the West invented theese evils, which are alas universal, but because the
> West recognized and named and condemned them as evils and struggled
> mightily--and not entirely in vain--to weaken their hold and to help their
> victims. If, to borrow a phrase, Western culture does indeed 'go,'
> imperialism, sexism, and racism will not go with it. More likely casualties
> will be the freedom to denounce them and the effort to end them."
> As a troglodyte of liberal persuasions I find these statements attractive.
> How do you feel about them?

Oh, I agree with them, but as a troglodyte of cynical disposition,
I'd point out that western oppostion to imperialism, sexism, and
racism wasn't especially prominent until the middle or so of this
century. It's been a rough, tough hundred years, and living through
events has probably beaten the arrogrance out of westerners and
easterners and north and south...

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge