(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Howard Bashman's article at Slate is quite good and worth reading. One point that Howard makes well (though he makes it in different words than I'm using right now, I think that this is a fair paraphrase of part of his point) is that devotees of a "right" (or better yet, would-be right) would be wiser in many instances to pursue their goal through political/legislative activity rather than through judicial decree, because -- in some cases at least -- this political mobilization will make the right less subject to the tides of change in the future. That view certainly has something to be said for it, in some instances; it's fun to find Howard sounding much like some of Roberto Unger's old classroom comments in this regard. (And let me mention here that Unger, as well as being brilliant, is an even snappier dresser than Cornel West.). Still, neither of them has me 100% convinced.

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