Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Ta-Nehisi Coates writes here:

I have, in my writing, a tendency to become theoretically cute, and overly enamored with my own fair-mindedness. Such vanity has lately been manifested in the form of phrases like "it's worth saying" and "it strikes me that..." or "respectfully..."

When engaging your adversaries, that approach has its place. But it's worth saying that there are other approaches and other places. Among them--respectfully administering the occasional reminder as to the precise nature of the motherfuckers you are dealing with.

I’m with PZ on this one, I’m not one to give undue respect and to me, fair-mindedness doesn’t automatically mean treading the middle ground.  I prefer to have (and be able to defend) good reasons for the positions I hold and the things I say.  So when I call a motherfucker a motherfucker, you can be sure there’s a good reason.

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