19.12.2011 kl. 21:01

Heimspekingurinn Robert Paul Wolff fjallar um doktorsritgerð Newts Gingrich, en hún er víst um menntastefnu Belga í Kongóinu á nýlendutímanum. Þetta er troðfullt af gullmolum.

I may be the only person on the face of the earth who has read, cover to cover, Immanuel Kant's Inaugural Dissertation, Karl Marx's doctoral dissertation, and Newt Gingrich's doctoral dissertation. I do not think this is sufficient to qualify me as a scholar, but with luck it might get me invited to a dinner party.

Since I am known as a student of the thought of both Kant and Marx, it will not come as a surprise that I have read the first two documents, but Gingrich's doctoral dissertation? What is that about? Well, I have had some unkind things to say about Newt on this blog -- about his pompous, self-inflating bloviating, his appallingly inappropriate self-satisfaction, the sheer vacuity of his utterances. All by himself, he has given self-esteem a bad name. But then I thought to myself: "Gingrich presents himself to the world as an academic. He has a PhD, or so I have heard. He even had a college teaching job. I owe it to him as, in a manner of speaking, a colleague to take a look at his dissertation and see what it has to say."


The political or ideological orientation of the dissertation, if I may put it this way, is roughly that of a Cold War member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Colonization is seen almost entirely from the perspective of the colonial power, not from that of the indigenous population. The rule of King Leopold II, who literally owned the colony as his private property until, at his death, he willed it to Belgium, is widely understood to have been the most horrifyingly brutal colonial regime in Africa. Gingrich acknowledges this fact once in the dissertation.

Áhugavert, ef þá bara sökum þess að hann er mögulegt forsetaefni repúblíkanaflokksins í Bandaríkjunum.

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Eiki | 19.12.2011 kl. 21:54

Gingrich (sem ég vil meina að sé "an invented person") talar um "...relatively mild exploitation..." Belga í Kongó.

Nú er ég frekar fáfróður um sagnfræði en gerðist þó svo frægur að lesa King Leopold's Ghost sem hlýtur að vera með hryllilegri frásögnum sem ég veit af.

Maður hlýtur að vera málkunnugur frekar illum öflum til að kalla Kongó "relatively mild".

Arnaldur | 21.12.2011 kl. 12:16

Vá hvað þetta er bilað.