More from Dr Frank

I have no new Medium post to offer today (because various reasons) but if you'd like something to read, you might want to revisit this literary anecdote: https://medium.com/@drankf/die-vegas-1975654ad9fc I have a further anecdote related to the last time I told this story, but I can't figure out a way to express it that isn't a spoiler so it will have to wait for another time. (Maybe check the Weakly Reader on Friday.) #literary #publishing #britain #minds
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This story ain't over yet, it seems. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/22/george-washington-mural-san-francisco-1424425 Liberalism and "wokeness" in irresolvable conflict here, it seems, and I'd still guess that "post-liberalism" has the edge. Allow me to quote myself, from here: https://medium.com/@drankf/dr-frank-weakly-reader-for-7-05-2019-2efe279645eb: "Of course, it’s not a matter of telling the difference or not telling the difference between criticism and approval. I’m sure these board members are quite capable of understanding the distinction, and indeed, of realizing that they are, rather inarguably it seems to me, in the wrong. And I expect they can also grasp a well-remarked irony: that the outlook on American history of the mural’s communist artist and that of the very same board that must decide to destroy it are quite likely in essence identical. None of that matters. What matters is the currently paramount ethic of therapeutic politics that equates ideas to violence and in which certain kinds of rhetoric are averred to do literal physical harm to those who witness them and to their communities. Given this inarguable article of faith, the decision in favor of the therapeutic erasure of art that is deemed offensive is effectively mandatory. What ideology demands, ideologues will do, or they remove themselves from the community of the righteous and join the ranks of the enemy, an unthinkable state of affairs." #art #censorship #liberalism #wokeness #minds
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More from Dr Frank

I have no new Medium post to offer today (because various reasons) but if you'd like something to read, you might want to revisit this literary anecdote: https://medium.com/@drankf/die-vegas-1975654ad9fc I have a further anecdote related to the last time I told this story, but I can't figure out a way to express it that isn't a spoiler so it will have to wait for another time. (Maybe check the Weakly Reader on Friday.) #literary #publishing #britain #minds
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This story ain't over yet, it seems. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/22/george-washington-mural-san-francisco-1424425 Liberalism and "wokeness" in irresolvable conflict here, it seems, and I'd still guess that "post-liberalism" has the edge. Allow me to quote myself, from here: https://medium.com/@drankf/dr-frank-weakly-reader-for-7-05-2019-2efe279645eb: "Of course, it’s not a matter of telling the difference or not telling the difference between criticism and approval. I’m sure these board members are quite capable of understanding the distinction, and indeed, of realizing that they are, rather inarguably it seems to me, in the wrong. And I expect they can also grasp a well-remarked irony: that the outlook on American history of the mural’s communist artist and that of the very same board that must decide to destroy it are quite likely in essence identical. None of that matters. What matters is the currently paramount ethic of therapeutic politics that equates ideas to violence and in which certain kinds of rhetoric are averred to do literal physical harm to those who witness them and to their communities. Given this inarguable article of faith, the decision in favor of the therapeutic erasure of art that is deemed offensive is effectively mandatory. What ideology demands, ideologues will do, or they remove themselves from the community of the righteous and join the ranks of the enemy, an unthinkable state of affairs." #art #censorship #liberalism #wokeness #minds
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