Friday, March 11, 2011

"Contradiction Is the Ruling Principle of the Universe"

I think it frightens me that political discourse of this kind would not be possible in our day and age, that a dude as far right as William Buckley, who used his gifts of rhetoric to try to embarrass and belittle opponents, could have a somewhat civilized (though probably, in the end, unproductive) discussion with Huey Newton.

Buckley has his talons out even before Huey has said a word. Huey comes off as nerdy, a bit silly-sounding. His voice is disarmingly adenoidal. But underneath all that is a steely confidence you can sense just below the surface. Not to mention a huge and complex mind. What Huey says towards the end about contradiction gives me chills every time I hear it. Deep, deep shit.

3 comments:

sand said...

"in the end unproductive"? American culture seems to always find the imbalance in that which it does not find compassion or understanding for.

Our constructive contributions in society should always out way our individual human flaws. Jimmy Carter's contributions to society after his Presidential position surpassed his abilities in office.

We also tend to forgive some and disregard others depending on their Race and Ethnicity.
Noah was an alcoholic and unreliable but he built the Ark. He made a great contribution to society and we remember him for this and not his human flaws.

double standards are not the ruling principle of the universe but it is a very American way.

Mik A. said...

Thanks for the comment, sand. I only meant "unproductive" in the sense that both men would leave the conversation not having really heard each other. Which is sad, b/c I think Buckley could have learned a lot from Huey in this interview if he were listening properly. I think you're right: it boils down to a grassroots inability to "find compassion or understanding." Which, as we all know, has never been a one-way street.

Kenneth Brookins said...

During the predicate of The brothas' piece of the dialogue I cross examined and analyzed the movements of Buckley. Jane Elliot said "White males are accustomed to telling things, they aren't accustomed to listening". Brown eyed people are responsible for many of the components for generating and transmitting electricity were invented by brown eyed people. Brown eyed people gave us our alphabet and numeration systems(the hindu). Brown eyed people are responsible for the idea building blocks of homes today. Brown eyed people were the first to create proportional representation and inspired the grand joint council to create the United Nations which speaks on resolving issues with peace not war. Brown eyed people are the ones who founded every major religion on this earth, NO white people have ever founded a major religion. There needs to be some sort of realization to the contributions that have been made by brown eyed people, PEOPLE OF COLOR. Most people aren't aware of these things because we live in a racist society. And we are educated by racist school systems that teach only about white contributions. If the truth would start being told in schools, then racism could be cured.

Racism is NOT inbred, racism is NOT a part of the human condition. Racism is a learned response, you have to be taught to be a racist, you are not born racist. You are born into a racist society. We need to ban rich white people from government until the have the demonstrative capacity of helping someone other than themselves. When injustice and tyranny become law, rebellion and "uprising" becomes necessary"