Thursday, August 9, 2012

Romney on culture

I don't care much one way or the other about Mitt Romney's "gaffs." They don't reveal a whole lot about how he will lead the country. But I'm delighted when they provide a launching pad for Ta-Nehisi Coates:
"Is it worth noting that America, itself, was secured from its aboriginal tribes through centuries of oath-breaking, through a malleable regard for freedom, and through the auctioning of families?

Probably not. When people invoke culture in the Romney manner, what they are really invoking is a scale by which humanity may be ranked from totally dysfunctional to totally awesome. The idea is that culture is a set of irrefutable best practices, when in fact it is more like a toolbox whose efficacy depends upon the job. If you want to create a nation with a dominant entertainment media, perhaps American culture is the way to go. If you’re uninterested in presiding over a nation with 25 percent of the world’s prisoners but only 5 percent of its population, perhaps not."

Read the whole thing.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful piece. Though in many ways I would love to view the United States under Romney. His penchant for booty smooching and shape shifting will be a wonderful tale to follow.