Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Offtopic is the new ontopic

As part of our new wider remit, a crossword clue
Is there another hatred that might be called 'the liberalism of fools'? The progressivism of fools? The libertarianism of fools? If anti-semitism is, in an important aspect, a rage against the machine, against progress, is there an opposite rage: a rage against reaction, a fury at the recalcitrance of the concrete and the stubbornness of tradition? A rage against what is sacred and refuses to be profaned, against what is solid and doesn't melt into air, against ways of life that resist commodification, against use-value that refuses to become exchange-value?

Nine letters, D - C - - T - - M. Answers by email to the Times sudoku competition before noon, please.


Blogger Backword Dave said...

"One wonders what new lens might focus that rage now. Is there some religion or people that has come to represent all that is backward in the world, and in need of a sound and salutary thrashing from the forces of progress?"

Try the left.

2/08/2006 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Simon said...

Yeah, I remember when the left supported freedom of speech...

2/08/2006 06:40:00 PM  

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