About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Why isn't anybody paying attention to Darfur?
Could it be that the inaction is somehow connected with the lack of strategic interest (for the US) of the region, or perhaps with the fact that the local populations being persecuted are black? Wait, isn't this exactly what happened in Rwanda? I knew that history has a tendency to repeat itself, because we have a tendency not to learn its lessons, but the two genocides are ridiculously close in time for anybody to have forgotten about!
You can help. There is a web site called “Save Darfur” where we can take action now. They are also organizing a rally in Washington, DC for April 30, just to remind George W. that when he got a report on Rwanda he wrote on the margins: “Not on my watch.” Well, Mr. President, this one actually is on your watch, what are you doing about it?