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May 19, 2008

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erphschwester

und ich dachte immer, es wäre der charakter der amerikanischen gesellschaft, dass ihr BLUT aus aller herren länder kommt ...

naja, wenn es um den posten des präsidenten geht, hört´s mit der grosszügigkeit dann wohl auf.

Omar

@erphschwester: maybe they "found out" that some sort of DNA-mixture in this melting pot creates iron man (or super man or such)..

It's really sad, how simplistic human beings can be and how low politics can get..

David

@erphschwester,

so sieht der neue rassismus bei uns aus.

Actually, when you read these two pieces there are two, contradictory, forms of racism at play. And both are just modern variations of old racist tropes.

Medved is presenting a genetically-based Social Darwinism. Immigrants to America are self-selected risk-takers,and this is embedded in their DNA. Black slaves were brought to America against their will, and so lack this risk-taking DNA. Ironically, Obama does have the "American DNA", since he is not a descendent of slaves: his father came to America from Kenya to improve his circumstances. But Obama (and Clinton) are seeking to impose a political structure that negates this risk-taking. By not allowing poor people to fail- and they deserve to perish - Obama would weaken the "American" gene pool.

Kathleen Parker, on the other hand, is advocating a Bush-style "Volksgemeinschaft". "Full-blooded Americans" are inextricably tied to American soil (which, unfortunately, had to be appropriated from native Americans). Obama is a "Mischling" whose mother was indeed "full-blooded" from Kansas, but whose father is from Kenya. The fact that Obama spent his childhood in Indonesia also taints his blood with "multi-culturalism". By the same token, "rootless" Jews can never be full-blooded Americans, since their blood is tainted with "cosmopolitanism". Does this all sound familiar?

erphschwester

"neuer rassismus"?
ich frage mich, ob die neuen gesellschaften links und rechts des atlantiks sich tatsächlich so sehr von den alten unterscheiden. wir mögen uns nach aussen so tolerant geben, so gute gesetze schaffen wie auch immer ... in unseren köpfen hat sich doch so viel nicht verändert. ob nun die "neuen rassisten" oder die "neuen faschisten" - ihnen allen ist ja gleich, dass sie sich selbst nur zu gern als etwas besseres und den anderen als irgendwie minderwertig, zumindest aber nicht wert genug für ... alles mögliche halten.
sobald die luft irgendwie dünn wird, auf die eine oder andere weise, reden wir uns gern wieder das evolutionäre recht des stärkeren herbei, ohne uns dessen bewusst zu werden, wie sehr wir uns damit von allem entfernen, auf das wir gelegentlich als menschliche eigenarten stolz sind.

David

Jawohl, das ist die "ewige Wiederkunft des Gleichen"(Nietzsche)

jordan


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David Schillo

I generally like your updates, and this update is no different. Keep up the good articles. I would like to share with my friends and relatives also.

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