Note: I am posting the first paragraph of this piece and have a link to the whole thing (it is long). Thanks to Jason M for the editing help. There were some technical difficulties with adding the whole entry.*
It is in vogue today on the multiculturalist Left to speak up for ‘indigenous’ people-giving voice to the voiceless . There are those on the Right who take an expansive view of conservatism who also harbor such sentiments, but they are a distinct minority in their camp . In my experience, the question is less ‘is it good for the indigenes?’ and more ‘how did whitey screw up now?’ This explains part of the focus on white on non-white oppression (and yes, I know there are many examples) as opposed to inter-non-white conflicts (the body count is probably far higher in
the past few years in this category-and yes, part of it is that the same appeals to humanitarianism do not seem to work on such ‘authentic’ peoples as the Indonesians in Irian Jaya-in fact, where is the Indonesian equivalent of the Democrats in apartheid South Africa, who argued for one-man-one-vote against the Nationalists? I know Amien Rais has made some sounds toward federalism, but his party has also flirted with Lakshar Jihad).
*I tried to post the whole thing, but MOVABLE TYPE causes an “Internal Server Error” when I try to build it. I seems that this doesn’t happen when I attempt to put about half of it in, but beyond a certain size, I can’t get it to post. My initial liberalism posts were pretty long, so I don’t know what’s going on. I thought perhaps it was the hyperlink tags, but when I removed them, the same problem occurred. Anyone encountered this? I switched to MySQL and I double checked the data type for the entry is TEXT so it shouldn’t matter-and it wouldn’t give that error anyhow if it was a MySQL problem from what I know. Email me at razib -at- gnxp.com if you have any ideas or have had the same problem.