Salon on Doug Henwood

Henry C.K. Liu hliu at
Mon Dec 21 16:50:57 PST 1998

Under British imperialism, there was a term that described expatriats as FILTH which is an acronym for "failed in London, try Hong Kong". What is the equivalent of try America, FILTA? Americans are still happy house slaves when it comes to British cultural and language imperialism.

Henry C.K. Liu

Jim heartfield wrote:

> In message <v04011719b2a39c0bb947@[]>, Doug Henwood
> <dhenwood at> writes
> >Nathan Newman wrote:
> >
> >>So where do we register Doug as the official pontificator for the
> >>culturally hip materialist left?
> >
> >Only Brits are allowed to play that role on American TV.
> Oh God, Cultural Britain, how embarrassing.
> There was a ditty amongst Keynesian civil servants during the postwar
> reconstruction that ran something like, 'they've got all the money and
> we've got all the brains'. Apart from being patently untrue, such
> fantasies only served to compensate us Brits for our decline.
> Now today, this sad old make-believe is government policy. The Industry
> Minister Peter Mandelson has embroidered (is that anti-gay?) on Chris
> Smith's cultural Britain policy to argue that 'creatives' are the future
> for British capitalism - no longer the workshop of the world, but the
> drawing board - etc etc.
> I think it a moral duty on the part of Americans to burst this last
> bubble of pride and shove all those sad old Brit cultural critics off
> your TV. Time for Doug, Richard Rorty, Judith Butler, Cornel West and
> Mike Davis to take pride of place.
> --
> Jim heartfield

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