Tuesday, September 28, 2004

NPR Appearance

So I did the panel discussion this morning, and it went very well. A couple of exceptions though, a call-in panelist from the Anti-Defamation League said that the quote from my Columbus article, that some cultures are better than others contrary to the doctrine of cultural relativism, was "ignorant." Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to respond to that but I find it amusing in the extreme. Would the Anti-Defamation League condemn (as they should) a comment that Jewish or Israeli culture was/is no more valid than German culture through the lens of Nazism? Of course they would and should condemn such a barbaric statement and assertion immediately, not because they think all cultures are valid, but because it is painfully and tragically apparent that some cultures are savage, barbaric, and evil, while others are just the opposite. She even contradicts herself later on by admitting some practices of the Incas and Aztecs were indeed barbarous, which cannot be if one accepts fully the doctrine of cultural relativism.

Another point, the representatives of the Rebel Yell and the Hispanic and Indian student groups did not show up for the discussion. This makes the panel a bit long winded as the remaining panelists agreed almost entirely on the main topics. I was looking forward to a good debate and instead all I got was the vision of my detractors running scared.

You can listen to the program here.

2 comments:

Apollo said...

Its a bad thing that the Hispanic and Indian student groups didnt show up becuase i almost feel asleep while listening to it,and i dont mean that that you were boring or anything like that.

Alexander said...

I know, it was like an echo chamber. The host was quite angry because the student groups had agreed to come on the show and then suddenly, at the last minute, claimed they had scheduling conflicts.

I don't know why the paper couldn't send anyone.