Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Conventional Wisdom

Where does this idea come from that the protests all over the globe are somehow related, springing from the same frustrations and impulses?  Egypt, Pakistan, Greece, Tunisia, OWS, London.

That's just insane.  A perfect example of people making up a pattern to give themselves the illusion of understanding - and thus not have to think too hard about events too close to their own lives.

Are there any prominent non-liberals falling into this nonsense?  I'm betting yes, even though I have run across any yet.


Gringo said...

Whattsa matta forya, AVI? You didn't realize that living under a corrupt dictator ruled by Sharia law (or soon-to be implemented Sharia law)is just the same as living with da Bible Thumpers in Jesusland? Or living within 2000 miles of those in Jesusland? :)

karrde said...

The protests may all spring from the troubles related to economic hardship worldwide.

However, that doesn't imply that they are all the same protests, nor that all groups involved are similar in their goals and aspirations.

Sam L. said...

Well, it's the narrative, doncha know. The media picks a drum riff, and just hammers the hell out of it whether it works or not. Or whether they can hammer the events into the same shape. Or something vaguely resembling that shape. That's why so many of us consider these folks pretty much worthless.