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Pakistan’s Rhetorical Disadvantage

Posted by Raza Rumi

What an excellent article:

The rhetoric of anti-Americanism, like Marxism, is a kind of intellectual disease. Anti-Americanism is one of the worst facts of Pakistani culture and national mood. In fact, it might just be the worst. The intellectual veneer of post-colonial theory and Marxism (though Marxism has lost its credibility in the civilized world, Pakistan and other poor countries tend to lag behind in such realizations) gives intellectual acceptability to the vitriolic prejudice that is anti-Americanism. If you take a liberal position, you are often thought of as a spokesperson for the West, as if that made your position unacceptable. Evidently if Americans believe something it must be wrong, even when it’s right.

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