Thursday, July 28, 2005

Eating their own   posted by Razib @ 7/28/2005 07:20:00 PM

Seems like there is some intellectual cannibalism going on over on the Left. The Savage Minds anthropology weblog is being stomped on from all angles of the Progressosphere because they dared to point a sharp object at Jared Diamond. Kerim has the round up. He pointed to us back when Greg & Henry's paper broke and I appreciate that, but my experience on that weblog is that it has a pretty standard liberal slant, so I'm sure this episode of being broadsided by big names in the Progressosphere must be somewhat surreal. Anyway, the original post that started this actually referenced Guns, Germs and Gonads, you know, to show the racist perspective. Also check out Henry Farrell's post. I think I agree with him that Ozma does throw around the term "racist" in a cavalier fashion. Shit gets complicated when you are trying to stay on the politically correct side all the time.

Addendum: Since I've been a bit priggish about concepts, categories and precision recently, I will admit I probably elided over great differences within what I termed the "Progressosphere" because I'm not too political and my own inclinations are pretty orthogonal to the center to Left axis. So yeah, they aren't all Muguloos.