Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Gandhi Would Have Been Gandhi ...

Uber-cool blog-diva Wonkette links to a book, On Bulls**t, by Princeton University Professor Harry Frankfurt. Given as we ourselves see our present culture (of which bulls**t is a key aspect) darkly, we were intrigued. Before we excerpt a choice soundbite from Mr. Frankfurt, we offer this (supposedly) Einstein quote on the Mahatma (from the homepage of Princeton University Press -- the publisher of Mr. Frankfurt's tome):

Gandhi's development resulted from extraordinary intellectual and moral forces in combination with political ingenuity and a unique situation. I think Gandhi would have been Gandhi even without Thoreau and Tolstoy.

Mr. Thoreau (hat tip: AnarCapLib ) is likely not amused!!

Now Mr. Frankfurt (described by PUP as one our most influential moral philosophers). We especially like the following:

... although bulls**t can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, bulls**t is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are ...


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