Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Learned from Heather McDonald's talk that there was another storm in a teacup recently, when Niall Ferguson organized a conference where all but one of the speakers happened to be male. The storm started with this tweet, and led to a series of articles, including Ferguson's own "White men are bad; even a six-year-old tells me so".

What I start to find fascinating is the regularity and predictability of the arguments of the defense (as for the arguments of the offense, I have not followed them closely enough to find a clear and coherent example of what they are). I expect there will soon come a historian or a sociologist (or perhaps a plethora of them) who will summarize the arguments, point out the recurring themes, trace the roots of these themes to concrete philosophical positions, and maybe even dare to draw historical parallels, or analyze the validity of the distilled arguments. It sounds like a ton of fun.

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