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May 20, 2008

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Anna

Re: Windschuttle - I love the Napier quote:

"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."

David, is it too early for some music?

David

Well, I suppose it’ll soon be time for brunch... http://fp.ignatz.plus.com/tweedle.mp3

georges

David

I was recently reading "The Argumentative Indian" by Amartya Sen. Sen shows how most of the values we think of as western have also been argued for independently in India, long before the British showed up. Most of them are just good ideas, and are not really culturally western in the sense that, say, eating fish and chips or drinking warm beer is culturally British.

Sen's analysis of the Bengal Famine of 1943 leads him to conclude:

"No substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press."

David

Georges,

“Most of them are just good ideas, and are not really culturally western in the sense that, say, eating fish and chips or drinking warm beer is culturally British.”

I don’t recall using the term “Western values” in an exclusive, proprietary sense, and I tend to use the term in quotation marks. Though it would, I think, be fair to say that Western societies have generally been the most vigorous and innovative in codifying and championing those ideas and making them normative.

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