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    • Mark Joseph
    • 15.01.13 | 21:53 (IST)

    Thank you. It is rare to hear from the moderators. Generally I think moderation is not strong enough to create a space for people who are quieter and more reflective, embracing contradictions and actually thinking. They/we stay away. Anyway, I disagree with a ban on discussion of the relation of current events to the past, whether it be the French Revolution or the direction that Germany took under the Nazis. As a Jew I consider it unavoidable to consider what happened in Europe then and to learn to think about it, to be interested in the stages societies go through when virulent forms of nationalism and racial prejudice become the norm. We consider the degradation of language (and sing the praises of for example Paul Celan who could resist 'the thousand darknesses of death bringing speech' in his poems). How can this legacy be kept alive if we are not allowed to compare? Or take the work of Jessica Benjamin, a popular contemporary psychologist, who builds in part on the work of the Frankfurt School, whose members analysed fascism having lived through that time, or Freud some of whose work is also a reflection on the Nazi rise to power. What a strange reversal if categories wrought from these experiences were to be prohibited. So many reason to be afraid of thinking.

    from the article: Suggestions from the moderator
    First published 11:25 15.01.13 | Last updated 11:25 15.01.13
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