Orientalism Revisited (was RE: G. Bush: US in Holy War Against Iraq?)

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Sat Jan 22 16:10:32 PST 2000

>Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:
>> In short, Said obscures the origin of Orientalism by falsely assimilating
>> the world before capitalism (including ancient Greece!) to our modern world.
>One feature of eurocentrism (in many or most of its manifestations) is
>the inclusion of ancient Greece and Rome in "Europe." Europe (the
>Europe which is a creation of capitalism) in a sense "colonized" those
>civilizations after the fact, a manufacturing of geneology captured
>in such words as "Kaiser" and "Tsar." Someone some day may be
>able to write a long book on this theme, taking as their central text
>the near 70 years of the comic strip Prince Valiant.

Hasn't it always been obvious to everyone that western civilization is an enormous con game, simply picking out predecessors of whom we approve?

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