Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Paul Shirley take...

Now I'm not going to get on my soapbox and start yelling about how Paul Shirley asked Haiti to maybe use a condom once in a while. He writes in a hyperbolic style and when the jokes go bad? They crater.

But you know what my problem is? The premise of the article is fundamentally flawed. Throughout history, we find ourselves in scenarios where few people oppress many. And when a society gets beaten down by dictator after dictator after dictator? You find yourself willing to stand for a lot more indignities than you originally thought.

It's not a problem if you don't want to donate. It's not a problem if you want to rail against the "if you don't donate to Haiti, we'll keep signing telethon." But come on man, do homework on your main idea if you're going out and play at being a political pundit.

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