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“Culturism” on Campus

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While studying in New York University’s Bobst Library, I came across this frightening sticker on one of the desks on the sixth floor.

Horrified, I decided to explore the link. I received further shock when I visited the author’s website. Here’s some full disclosure: John Press, a former high school teacher was a fellow NYU graduate student, studying for his doctorate in history of education. Apparently he got his doctorate, having written a “culturist dissertation.” We’ve taken two classes together, a 20th Century US History Literature of the Field colloquium, and a seminar on American Jews and Race. I occasionally saw him around campus. Our interactions were pleasant if a bit awkward, though I had no idea about his “culturist” movement. My most distinct memory of John from the Lit of the Field course was his defense of Japanese internment. I don’t think anybody from the class will ever forget it.

John claims he’s not a racist. That may be true. But his “culturism” is equally bigoted, ill-informed and misguided. His blog is downright scary. Of course, he’s the one that comes off as scared: of Muslims, Mexicans, and immigrants more generally. Through it all, he uses “history,” presumably some of which he learned at NYU, to advance his claims. I don’t feel the need to combat this ignorance here, though I will say this: what scares me the most is that John just received his PhD from the same academic institution I attend. Though his arguments are easily crushed, the PhD grants them some form of legitimacy, and/or calls my own future academic credentials into question.

I’m a big believer in academic freedom, and the university tolerating a multitude of views. If John Press’ doctoral work stands the test of academic scrutiny, he deserves his PhD. But he sullies that PhD, and all of NYU, with the bigoted “culturist” movement he is trying to spread, especially if he uses NYU to add some purported intellectual heft to his unsubstantiated ideas. John was clearly very influenced by Frances Kellor, the subject of his dissertation. In his book, he celebrates Kellor as a “culturalist,” along with Francis Scott Key, Noah Webster, and Martin Luther King Jr. Somehow, I don’t think MLK would have bought into John’s culturalist garbage. So once again, we have the misuse of history for political purposes. And the value of my NYU degree takes another hit.

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Written by David Weinfeld

September 6, 2010 at 18:00

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  1. At least he sucks at web design. Man those pages are ugly.

    Mike

    September 6, 2010 at 18:34

    • Agreed, this guy has clearly missed the intellectual bar on this one. From what I can see this John Press is just another bigot that likes to distort facts to meet his own outlandish claims.

      However I will say that religion in general diminishes what we as intellectuals have come to rely on… facts. Faith, belief in something because you are told this is right and thus you believe it and as you have no reason to doubt that person and you can justify it in you brain.

      At my collage we encourage people to prove us wrong, even if it contradicts our entire life’s work, in the interest of furthering human knowledge and the search for understanding of the world around us.

      Religion is a closed book, and thus a dead concept, the future is about redefining standards, being dynamic and open to change. Religion in many cases is quite literally carved into stone, no amendments no revisions.

      I feel religion of all kinds should be left by the wayside and science and deductive reasoning should govern all that we do and all that we are. We need to work towards peace, freedom, liberty, justice and sustainable life for all in the 21st century. Religion is just holding us back in the dark ages. If we are to truly to evolve any more as a race (the human race) we need to let go of outdated oppressive regimes.

      Dan Forside

      September 8, 2010 at 07:40

      • gosh, people need to stop putting so much effort into things that don’t matter. JUST LIVE! and shut up! JUST LIVE! http://www.forantonia.com

        ok, i feel better now.

        Signed, a husband in love

        David & Antonia

        September 8, 2010 at 09:00

      • You would say that, your freaking Amish man, go back to the stoneage where you belong, when your ready to join us in the 21st century your opinion might count.

        Your Amish and your on the bloody internet, isn’t that a contradiction in terms?

        Read a fucking book, man improving your mind is not the work of the devil.

        james vince

        September 8, 2010 at 10:24

  2. I have no doubt that intolerance and delusions of cultural superiority have always caused much, much more violence than tolerance of cultures deemed by the majority to be “violent” or “inferior.”

    So if I were a culturist, shouldn’t I then recognize that my culturist culture is inferior and violent? Shouldn’t I therefore be intolerant of myself and other culturists, and seek to protect myself from myself?

    DRDR

    September 6, 2010 at 19:02

  3. I think its fair to say that if you have to end a sentence with “…this statement was not racist,” it was probably a racist sentence.

    Wiz

    September 6, 2010 at 20:54

    • @ Wiz: “I think its fair to say that if you have to end a sentence with “…this statement was not racist,” it was probably a racist sentence.”

      By what law of logic and rule of fairness?

      Danny

      September 7, 2010 at 10:30

      • Easy logic.

        You communicate. They hear a racist idea. Either you are total crap at communicating or you were communicating a racist idea.

        Then you attach, “…this statement was not racist.”

        It can mean

        1) You are incompetent. (Let’s assume that NYU doesn’t give PHDs to people who lack competence in communicating, although I’m not sure that’s a safe assumption.)

        2) You are terribly racist.

        Sheikh Jahbooty

        September 7, 2010 at 12:38

      • Faulty logic:

        As case has it, many people abuse the word “racism” to include things that are not racist out of ignorance, while others use it as a (deliberate) personal attack in order to discredit the speaker.

        In my native Sweden, e.g., a minority of all uses of “racism” that I have seen the last few years have been justifiable.

        In the US, in turn, there are nowadays cases when e.g. criticism directed at Obama or his policies is denounced as racist—despite the fact that Hillary would have been met with the same criticism. (Notwithstanding the possibility that a minority of the criticism does have a racist base.)

        See e.g. http://www.aswedeingermany.de/50LanguageAndWriting/50Racism.html for more information.

        Michael Eriksson

        September 7, 2010 at 13:57

      • Actually it’s more a matter of experience. It’s quite common for someone to begin with “I’m not racist, but…” when they’re about to make a remark *they expect* could be interpreted as racist.

        This guy obviously knew that people were going to interpret his remark as discriminatory. As Sheikh Jabooty’s already pointed out, as a PhD he could easily have re-written it in a less contentious way. He chose not to, because he wanted to draw attention to his new ‘-ism’ — presumably implying that he thinks one ‘-ism’ is more acceptable than another.

        Tiro

        September 8, 2010 at 02:56

    • lol…so true, so true!

      Lindsay

      September 7, 2010 at 10:48

      • Well, I always have doubts about the validity or authenticity of someone’s perspective when they are unnecessarily defensive. Think about it. The subject of race comes up in a conversation and the first thing someone says is “I don’t hate white people,” or “I have a black friend” (Just ONE black friend! Ha!).

        If you have nothing to hide, then you have no reason to try to defend yourself. End of story.

        Lòt Poto-a

        September 7, 2010 at 19:40

    • In the mean time, I have written a more thorough reply on the type of reasoning used by several of the commenters here. See http://michaeleriksson.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/the-misconception-of-defensive-statements-as-proof-of-guilt/

      Michael Eriksson

      September 8, 2010 at 07:34

  4. It seems to be that being a culturalist is NOT different from being a racist obviously.

    Wiz has got it right: If you’ve got to end a sentence with “…this statement was not racist”, then its probably racist.

    The whole thing is ridiculous. And his credentials make it even more so.

    Ms. Queenly

    September 7, 2010 at 09:47

    • While I hate to admit it, I do believe that Mr. Press does have a point: Fighting Islam is not racist, it’s culturist.

      Believing that your culture and religion are superior,and opposing and fighting other religions and cultures – even through discriminatory means – is not the same as believing in the existence of different human races, discriminating against people from other “races”.

      Racism is one of the ugliest ideas and practices the human race has come up with, and I do of course oppose it in every shape or form. Likewise, I am not a big fan of discrimination based on gender, class, sexual orientation, religion or culture. However, I think it is important to use the right terms. By labeling every form of discrimination racism, we let people like Press of the hook far to easily.

      While culturism is not (necessarily) the same thing as racism, I cannot see exactly how it is supposed to be much better than plain old racism. I seriously doubt that the people at the receiving find it much better to be discriminated against for “culturist” reasons than racist ones.

      Therefore, we should continue to fight both racism and culturism, and in my mind, knowing what we fight and by what name we should call it, is a good place to start.

      sungame

      September 8, 2010 at 05:08

  5. Succinct. I like the idea of guilt by association.
    It’s like all of us have identities, multiple ones and then other people share those identities as well- in this case a Phd from NYU.
    You’re clearly putting your education to good use 🙂 versus the peer in question.
    Gorgeous, thanks for posting, I really enjoyed reading that.

    fourreasons

    September 7, 2010 at 09:50

  6. What is that quote often (incorrectly) attributed to Hermann Goring? “whenever I hear the word culture, I release the safety catch on my Browning”. Even though that is not a true quote of a Nazi leader – the message still applies. It sounds like Press would do well here in Arizona – after all, Arizonans are not “racist” against hispanics – it is their “culture” that is disliked. Sadly, I think many people agree with Press’ views.

    The Gates of Lodore

    September 7, 2010 at 10:25

  7. Take heart. A degree from NYU is still very valuable.

    Crystal
    http://www.crystalspins.com

    CrystalSpins

    September 7, 2010 at 10:26

  8. Culturalist??….whatever will they think of next!

    didntseethat

    September 7, 2010 at 10:29

  9. There is already word for this. Chauvinism. I can’t believe NYU gave him a Ph.D. for coining a new word for an old, defunct idea.

    And those really are some ugly pages.

    thisleafnode

    September 7, 2010 at 10:34

  10. I guess “Stop Nazi Expansionism!” would have made me a racist during the 1930’s and “Stop Illegal Immigration! today, an immigrant racist since I am a LEGAL, naturalized, Mexican immigrant!

    Danny

    September 7, 2010 at 10:39

  11. […] aos nove anos do atentado contra o WTC em NY. Navegando por alguns blogs, encontro o seguinte post. Um Ph.D. da New York University tem afixado adesivos nas carteiras de estudo da Biblioteca da NYU […]

  12. Man, this guy is going to be giddy with the increase in traffic his website will have today! I don’t think he’ll be so giddy with the inevitable emails that come to him as a result, though.

    Lindsay

    September 7, 2010 at 10:50

  13. I say “live and let live”. I don’t really care what your religion is as long as you don’t try to force it on me.

    A college education is supposed to help you become more open minded to other ways of life and to embrace differences in background, race, and culture.
    http://www.moneyprovidesfreedom.wordpress.com

    Jackson Rodgers

    September 7, 2010 at 10:50

    • That is what the colleges want you to think. Out of all the instituions in America, one of the most buyist is college. The government starts brainwashing you in elementary school. And don’t think just because you go to a private school means there is no brainwashing, it is just from a different source. No university teaches open mindedness.

      sportrant

      September 7, 2010 at 20:43

    • Yes, you can “live and let live”, but the proselytizing religion of Islam is unique because Muslims are commanded to “slay the unbelievers wherever you find them,” (Koran 9:5, 2:191), to “fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme” (2:193, 8:39) and that “fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it” (2:216) and/or, the unbelievers must be forced to “feel themselves subdued” (Koran 9:29) living as “dhimmis” (second class citizens), and pay the Jizya (9:29), a tax that non-believers must pay Muslims.

      Just as we can all agree that urban gang culture wrongly objectifies women, Islam has many inhumane mandates, but unlike other major world religions, it has yet to undergo the enlightenment that it’s medieval holy book needs in todays world.

      Some Muslims, like Ali Reza, author of “No God But God”, are headed in the right direction, but others like him are charged with apostasy, like Abu Zeid, Maryam Rustamopoor, the list goes on & on.

      If anyone is curious about being in better touch with reality, i cannot recommend highly enough Christopher Caldwell’s “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe”.

      melody

      September 7, 2010 at 21:20

      • Unfortunately it seems you are making the mistake of equating the individual paradigms through which people manifest a religion and the religion itself. Islam, like Christianity, cannot undergo an enlightenment, but rather it is the individuals who seek to engage the religion who can.

        another trope

        September 7, 2010 at 23:42

  14. The whole hatred against Islam is puzzling to me. Last I checked, there was freedom of religion in this country. Or, maybe I should rephrase it like I did on my blog: freedom of religion*.

    MrJoseph45

    September 7, 2010 at 11:02

    • Where do you get off making the leap from disagreement to “hatred.” Disagreeing with the tenets of Islam can by no means by classified as hatred. Or else, we could never disagree with anyone without being accused of being hateful. Why is that so difficult for thinking people to understand? I guess that’s the problem. Most people DON’T think they just fall for the political correctness of the times.

      Danny

      September 7, 2010 at 22:54

      • I don’t think he’s suggesting that people can’t disagree with Islam’s tenets. I’m not 100% in favour of all of them myself – although I do at least bear in mind that what’s described as ‘Islamic’ by one particularly brutal group may be rejected utterly by the vast majority of Muslims. So my objection would be that it’s a little difficult to argue about what ‘Islam’ does or says or believes. It’s a little like when people criticise Christianity as a whole for the beliefs of one minor denomination: it makes no logical sense and just highlights their own ignorance.

        But the thing is, MrJoseph45 didn’t make any reference to disagreement or criticism. He specifically said “hatred of Islam”. So I wonder what prompts you to lecture him on political correctness.

        Tiro

        September 8, 2010 at 03:15

    • I see it as a hatred as well. It’s just cloaked in words like “culturism.” Promoting one’s own culture (or religion) is made easier when, as the dominant culture, one can use one’s hatred to oppress and devalue others.

      Victoria

      September 8, 2010 at 07:19

  15. Looking at that blog, I see that he’s insulting people for their religious tolerance. And speaking in favour of Japanese Internment camps? Wow.

    Quite a good read. I really hope that this guy never goes into politics, though.

    TaylorGooderham

    September 7, 2010 at 11:12

  16. Nothing is more frightening to me than when intelligent people embrace bigotry. Arguments that sound authoritative influence people who don’t have the time, energy, or resources to look at the flip side of these arguments.I understand the frustration of him getting the Ph.D. For him to recieve this degree, he should be able to defend this position against three equally and similarly education intellectuals in this field. If that actually happened, I’m so sad.

    The only good point is that a wise person (you) is challenging this viewpoint and helping others to challenge it as well.

    Kate

    September 7, 2010 at 11:24

    • I would like to challenge your viewpoint with some books, which contain the far better informed viewpoints of these three wise people:

      Christopher Caldwell’s meticulously researched “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe”

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s first hand account of Islam in “Infidel”

      Dr. Robert Spencer’s comprehensive and painstakingly cited “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran”

      melody

      September 7, 2010 at 21:34

  17. Of course they guy is scared of Muslims. If you’re not scared of Muslims you need to as yourself why not. Muslims are SCARY.

    “Kill all infidels.”

    I’m not a Muslim, so in their eyes, I am an infidel. They would happily kill me. They kill people every day. To defend and deny that FACT (watch the news if you don’t believe me) would make you just as stupid as the Muslims are.

    It’s like defending the Nazi’s. You’d have to be a real dumbass to defend Nazi’s, so why would anyone defend Muslims? It’s the same deal. Kill everyone, hate everyone blah blah boring.

    So yeah, stop Islam just the same as we stopped the Nazi’s. They’re dangerous and stupid.

    I’m not a racist. I don’t care if you’re yellow, brown, white, orange, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist…

    But if you’re a Muslim, leave my street, my town, my country and play with your own kind. I don’t know you and I never will.

    They are a murderous, hateful race who will even happily kill their own countrymen.

    Stop Islamic Expansion.

    Stop Islam FULL STOP.

    B

    September 7, 2010 at 11:24

    • Well…this certainly doesn’t help your “I’m not an infidel” case, now does it?

      She.Is.Just.A.Rat

      September 7, 2010 at 11:50

    • Please control your emotions (heck, this is the internet :D) Okay nevermind emotions, but let me tell you something. There’s a difference between extremism and.. Norm.
      I am a Muslim living in a Muslim Country. There are extremists ALSO in MY country, who claim themselves to be Muslims and are terrorising the whole Nation. Each day, WE MUSLIMS TOO DIE.
      So please, if someone from the States dies and a Muslim killed him, it doesn’t mean that Islam is a negative religion, because, here, we too die from Muslim extremists, and yes, in a Muslim Country. Cheers 🙂

      Sulfonix

      September 7, 2010 at 14:18

      • BS…im not a muslim living in the biggest muslim country and yes. islam is harmless when they are minority…but when they are majority? lol…they close down churches, burn and kill the pastors, even kids are beheaded, women are raped while their yelling “allah huakbar”…dont get me wrong lots of kind hearted muslims here, but only those who dont practice it, and when they started to learn it, a new terrorist born.

        the who

        September 8, 2010 at 03:30

      • the who, even I read the Holy Book everyday, and there’s no such thing like that in our religion, it’s an abomination 🙂 What Israel is doing in Palestine, I can say Jews are terrorists, but it’s just them, because I know their books have much peaceful content in it.

        Sulfonix

        September 9, 2010 at 03:18

    • I want to leave, but other countries don’t want me outside of America where I was born. They’re all upset about American expansionism, invading other countries for made up reasons and whatnot. They think I’m hateful and violent because I’m American.

      If only they could look past the prejudice.

      Sheikh Jahbooty

      September 7, 2010 at 15:22

    • Yeah okay i get you don’t like Islam, but at least educate yourself on WHY you shouldn’t like it. You don’t do much for your case. See my book recommendations above.

      melody

      September 7, 2010 at 21:35

    • “hateful race who will even happily kill their own countrymen.” Yeah just like that Muslim Timothy McVeigh.

      another trope

      September 7, 2010 at 23:46

    • Extremism is scary, and not Islam. Face it, during the Crusades, those “Christians” where scary. They were extremist.

      When Hitler wanted to eradicate all Jews, he was scary, he was an extremist.

      Anything put into the extreme is scary. Now Mr. Bin Laden wanted to do the same, using “Religion” as a reason for his hideous ideas.

      On the other hand, there are those people that belong to those ‘scary’ cultures or religion that isn’t scary at all. In fact they are less biased and view that all those actions that this particular extremist group is doing are all idiotic.

      Please, do not group one culture or religion into the chaos just because of someone’s use of their religion as a reason to ‘market’ their ideas to others.

      danielcefram

      September 8, 2010 at 00:54

    • Whoa! You state that you are not a racist, but two lines down you write of Muslims that

      “They are a murderous, hateful race who will even happily kill their own countrymen.”

      How is it not racist to claim that Muslims are “a murderous, hateful race”?

      sungame

      September 8, 2010 at 05:18

    • Your information about islam and infidels is wrong.
      Some Interpretations of Quran is misleading.
      There’s history and unique language involved in order to understand it well.
      Truth is:
      We are ordered by god to tolerate everyone, every religion, be kind to everyone, be generous and giving.
      No one promotes this truth and no one wants to listen.
      I’m an Egyptian Muslim…my culture and religion are thousands of years old yet hold the essence of value of life.
      Just like anyother religion…valuable idea or virtue.

      Muslim

      September 9, 2010 at 08:08

  18. He names Rotten.com as a favourite website. Is he 14 years old, living in his mother’s basement and listening to Norwegian Black metal?

    ntennear

    September 7, 2010 at 11:26

  19. Im moslem and not scary at all. They tell themselves as people who fight for human right but they do the contrary side. They don’t give enough right for moslem. We’re human too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    cutev3

    September 7, 2010 at 11:36

  20. I understand this to be utterly Cultural and not racist at all. The islamic community is striving for World Domination. This video sums it up quite succinctly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU&feature=player_embedded

    I have no problem with other races, however, I do have a problem with one culture attempting to infiltrate, dominate and tell me what to wear and how to pray and when to eat…

    You better be scared and you better be worried because Islamic Expansion has one goal in mind. That goal is to strengthen the patriarchal world order and to ensure that everyone complies. It must be stopped and all countries of the world need to strengthen their borders.

    Perplexed

    September 7, 2010 at 11:37

    • I hope your friends are listening to you Perplexed. Being liberal sounds great, all warm and fuzzy, inclusive of everyone. I hope in the course of your education you learn to research and think for yourself. Three things about Islam you need to know before you decide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkC6G7LYfQc

      Fan The Fire

      September 7, 2010 at 12:43

      • http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/wife-beating.htm

        I hope my friends are listening too and that they value their freedom as much as I do. It always surprises me when a woman supports a broken patriarchal system founded and grounded on abuse and control. Wake up.

        More perplexed

        September 7, 2010 at 14:51

  21. Yep, he’s just another racist. Implicit in the suggestion of preserving or protecting a race (he says culture but he’s talking about race really) as he suggests, must be the thought that some craces are better than others – (otherwise why not welcome them?) which is what racism is; the idea that some races are inferior to others.

    bencassidy

    September 7, 2010 at 11:39

    • Who do you think those who dislike Islam are racist against anyway? Is it Arabs? Indians? Turks? Somalis? Mauritanians? Indonesians? Mahls? You think disliking Islam is a guise for hating all of them? Because all of those countries are over 95% Muslim. SO many different shades of people have fallen prey to this most unhealthy ideology, color shmolor. Ideology is NOT race. Those of us educated on the evils of Islam are not racist. And for the record, i’m white and pretty much exclusively date “ethnic” people.

      melody

      September 7, 2010 at 21:54

      • In the US, there are many who equate Islam with Arabs. Many of these people would stare blankly at you if you asked them where Indonesia was. For these people, there is a blurring of religious bigotry and ethnic racism. All Arabs are Muslims. All Muslims are terrorists. All terrorists are Arab.

        With that said, there are many manifestations in various places of Islam that are repugnant to a progressive soul. But to paint the entire religion with the same brush is just wrong. Muslims can be just as progressive as Christians and Buddhists and whoever.

        another trope

        September 7, 2010 at 23:58

  22. […] A mournful blog post on a “culturist” movement (basically, anti-Islam) draws a witty comment: “If I were a culturist, shouldn’t I then recognize that my culturist culture is inferior […]

  23. Could be worse. I graduated from the same college as Richard Miniter and Marc Theissen. But so what? I’d hate to think there’s an institute of higher learning that would deny someone a degree just because he’s unhinged and/or a creep.

    jscottg

    September 7, 2010 at 11:45

  24. Perplexed said it better than me. 🙂

    B

    September 7, 2010 at 11:48

  25. All the “ists” are turning into bad things to be. Culturalism just puts a different spin on racism, ageism, sexism, etc. Oh goody…another word to be wary of…

    She.Is.Just.A.Rat

    September 7, 2010 at 11:51

  26. I’ve just looked up this guys blog. Its messed up! And there’s all these people on there leaving comments about how culturalism is like communism, and isn’t that awesome, and how ‘schizophrenic’ Muslim people are. I have to wonder, if this was being produced in the UK, if it would fall under the laws concerning the inciting of racial hatred.

    Marie

    September 7, 2010 at 11:56

  27. More truthful perhaps would be “This statement is Alarmist.” Islam isn’t particularly more expansionist at the moment than Christianity, and is certainly far more low-key than during its first century or two. Alarmists, on the other hand, seem to be breeding in the woodwork, come in all colours of the rainbow (racial, cultural and political), and make life extremely tedious for the rest of us.

    ravensmarch

    September 7, 2010 at 12:02

  28. The number of people who see problems in this country and the worls are very quick to look for some one to blame. Just as fundamental christians look for satan’s hand in all things they don’t like or understand. However, the fact that people are so quick to label this man, who is at fault for slapping a label on others, seems very narrow minded to me. I don’t agree with him in the least. Invalidating the opinions of people, especially over heated subjects such as this is a sure fire way to incite more trouble not less.

    1sttime0ffender

    September 7, 2010 at 12:23

  29. Statements that say “This is __________, not racist” are usually racist.

    Costa

    September 7, 2010 at 12:39

  30. sadly, that guy got a hundred more hits because of your amazing blog. But, thanks for showing us what kind of bigots are out there and their new tactics.

    I completely agree with the credibility thing. THAT guy came out of YOUR school. The writer of RENT was the only thing that came out of mine, so I’m pretty ok still. (just teasin’)

    keep writing, looks like you have the ability to objectify situations.

    wayawayaan

    September 7, 2010 at 12:48

  31. What if Christians were only judged by the standards of the Westboro Baptist Church or Jim Jones or any fanatic who took their power to do evil? I wonder how we would fare in this aspect of culturalism?

    notesfromrumbleycottage

    September 7, 2010 at 12:49

  32. I say- stop RELIGIOUS expansion. I’m not a culturist or a racist, I’m a religist!

    thejamminjabber

    September 7, 2010 at 13:17

  33. They always manage to find a new way to dress it up in different clothes, but inevitably it’s just as easy to spot the latent bigotry. What’s worse is that they skew facts and history to fit their racist ideals, so it lends a small bit of credibility to otherwise ridiculous claims. The best lies carry within them a small amount of truth. People seem doomed to repeat all the mistakes of the past. I happened to write something about that a couple days ago: http://theignorantbystander.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/all-the-things-ill-never-see/

    The Ignorant Bystander

    September 7, 2010 at 13:32

  34. I’m in my last year of my undergraduate adventure. In May, I’ll walk across a stage with at least 150 others and get an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper that really has little relevance to what I eventually want to do. The philosophy that has carried me through, however, is that my education is what I make of it.

    Honestly, while it might unfortunately matter in some circles, your school, field of study, or the string of letters after your name really don’t mean much. These are ordinary – anyone could have those same qualifications. People notice what you do with those ordinary things.

    Rachel H.

    September 7, 2010 at 13:49

  35. I see someone who is living in fear which expresses itself in a multitude of ways. I see the energy of hatred posted here in response to this gentleman’s blog which creates more fear, more hatred etc.

    I don’t judge you for your expressions because emotions are just energy and we can all choose our emotional reaction to a situation. Here, I choose to see everyone simply as love, all doing the best we can. I send you love that you may recognize the love that you already are, and it comes from within. We area all mirrors for each other…What kind of mirror do you want to show the world today 🙂

    familynurturingtree

    September 7, 2010 at 13:58

  36. I would not worry about the value of your degree from NYU. And not to downplay your achievements, (education is never an easy feat) but what is a degree really? It is a piece of paper that supports your attendance for the required curriculum and passing scores on tests and assignments, demonstrating ones understanding of the covered material. It does not guarantee any kind of tolerance or open mindedness for the owner of that degree. It’s kind of like doctors. Some are good, some not so good, but they all hold the same kind of credentials. And that isn’t a reflection from the school they attended, it is a reflection of their inability to see beyond their own blinders and to use the incredible gifts that their knowledge bestows upon them.
    And, just as the Muslims and other “cultural” groups can exercise their right to practice their religion, this person has the right to practice freedom of speech. The best part about all these freedoms means that the rest of us don’t have to take part in reading his blog. We don’t have to attend a mosque service and we don’t have hate all that are not exactly like us. What a beautiful country…..

    Bamboozled Blogger

    September 7, 2010 at 14:23

  37. Sucky ideology deserves a sucky web page. Someone teach him a sense of decoration!
    And yes, it is racist 🙂

    http://sulfonix.wordpress.com

    Sulfonix

    September 7, 2010 at 14:26

  38. I would recommend taking Fan The Fire’s advice.

    codamars

    September 7, 2010 at 14:29

  39. When a culture, or a sect of a culture has declared war on your culture, and has expressed the desire to destroy your civilization, and your people, it’s not unreasonable to want to stop the expansion of that culture.

    And no, it’s not racist, but it is cultural, but human beings judge other cultures all the time. We have no problem talking about the evils of female circumcision (which is a cultural practice) or the evils of Nazi Germany (another cultural and political movement), but why is it a faux-pas to want to stop the expansion of a religious, political, and cultural ideology that touts the subjugation of other cultures?

    http://paradigmamalgamation.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/cult-vs-culture-amish-population-booms-in-north-america/

    PayBack

    September 7, 2010 at 14:59

  40. I’m sorry, but I can’t get past the fact this guy has his Ph.D., and does not know how to use exclamation points properly!

    Some parts of the business I do not miss…

    Mike Nomad

    September 7, 2010 at 15:24

  41. man, that’s outright orientalism (by edward said). truly misguided. a culture is a culture and no one can define one.

    barrycyrus

    September 7, 2010 at 15:30

  42. PLEASE FORWARD a copy of this article on anti-Islamic culturism to my nephew at NYY:
    damon.beres@gmail.com
    Thanks.
    George Beres

    george beres

    September 7, 2010 at 16:29

  43. omg scary?? why does he even care about those things??
    idiot!

    LOVE.
    SUMMER.

    Summer

    September 7, 2010 at 17:12

  44. I wrote this recently… Dominator religions and male cultural contexts are plain scary.

    http://toltecartist.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/control-the-seed/

    aruntabear

    September 7, 2010 at 17:17

  45. I thought education was supposed to make you smarter. But he wasted his money – the types of folks that would jump on board his bandwagon generally don’t care if you’ve got a Phd. or a GED, their ideas aren’t based in logic or fact any more than his.

    jewelofmisanthropy

    September 7, 2010 at 17:45

  46. What exactly is our “culture” that we are protecting? American culture, if it is anything, is a melting pot of cultures and races. I feel that this mans views are imbecilic. Unfortunately, I fear that there are a lot of people in our country for whom this type of crap is just the sort of thing that will make sense to them.

    Kelley Mata

    September 7, 2010 at 17:57

    • I would agree that Amrica today is more close to the so called melting pot.

      However, in the past, at the time that this buzz phrase was used and abused, it usually meant that immigrants surrendered their culture to “melt” into the white anglo-protestant culture.

      I tend to view the melting pot as a very recent phenomena, rather than as one that was always there since the beginning of the USA. Remember when the non-protestant religion of JF Kennedy was such a big deal when he ran for presidency?

      gallantecology

      September 7, 2010 at 20:34

  47. Is there really a mystery?
    Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.
    Let’s see now…
    No Jesus
    No Christmas
    No television
    No cheerleaders
    No nude Women
    No car races
    No football
    No soccer
    No pork BBQ
    No hot dogs
    No burgers
    No chocolate chip cookies
    No lobster
    No nachos
    No Beer nuts
    No Beer !!!!!!!!
    Rags for clothes and towels for hats.
    Constant wailing from the guy next-door because he’s sick and there are no doctors.
    Constant wailing from the guy in the tower.
    More than one wife.
    You can’t shave.
    Your wives can’t shave..
    You can’t shower to wash off the smell of donkey cooked over burning camel dung.
    Your bride is picked by someone else.
    She smells just like your donkey.
    Then they tell you that when you die it all gets better!

    I mean, really, is there a mystery here?

    Mason Jefferson

    September 7, 2010 at 19:38

  48. hahaha stop Islamic expansion… Could we not contend that a sticker could just as well have said “stop American expansion, this message is policital, not racist”.

    I guess it all depend wich side you belong to,,, to define which group you are supposed to be afraid of.

    gallantecology

    September 7, 2010 at 20:10

    • Well said. But don’t forget the old saying: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

      Jim Hagen

      September 8, 2010 at 00:12

  49. I have been to john’s website but I did not have time to dig into. If you are right I think he could be just anybody who just wants to be controversial and puts up things that could be ridiculous for his ends, haha.

    Rod

    September 7, 2010 at 22:14

  50. What culture is he trying to defend? I mean I can certainly understand being concerned about cultural differences, but wouldn’t the wiser move be extolling your culture views? Changing culture by changing yourself? Something along that line.

    This is also why I don’t really care about degrees. They are meaningless. Just because someone puts in the work to get the degree doesn’t mean they are intelligent or have something worthwhile to say. I’d rather talk with someone who has no degrees but is intelligent and self educated, than with someone who has a PhD and is missing lots in reality.

    nmontague

    September 7, 2010 at 23:04

  51. To the fools who compare Islam with Christianity as if they were no different: Christianity was persecuted for its expansionism in the first century. In contrast with Islam, True Christians paid for their allegiance to Jesus Christ and the good news with their lives, crucifixion, jail, food for lions (Colosseum), etc. They didn’t “kill the infidels”. If you wanted to stop Christian expansionism in the first century, you would have had to kill them because they weren’t going to kill you; they were going to love you in Jesus’ name.

    Islamist expansionism, by contrast, is at the barrel of a gun, coercive, and domineering. If you’re an “infidel” you deserve death or subjugation as a sub-person or slave. To stop Islamic expansionism requires stopping the Islamic nutjobs that dominate the landscape as well as those Americans duped by the disease of liberal and political correctness.

    To quote Dennis Miller: “Other than the bombs that they strap on their chests, I don’t know what makes [Muslims] tick.”

    Danny

    September 7, 2010 at 23:19

    • And the Holy Crusades? The souls burned at the stake? Tortured until they confessed?

      another trope

      September 8, 2010 at 00:13

    • To quote Dennis Miller: “Other than the bombs that they strap on their chests, I don’t know what makes [Muslims] tick.”

      And using your logic, all Christians are getting to ready to murder abortion doctors as I type.

      And why stop there. All Christians are like the Green River killer, just looking for an opportunity to kill prostitutes in the name of God.

      another trope

      September 8, 2010 at 00:24

    • When the christians took over the Roman Empire, you would think the Colleseum would be closed, but not, they used it for over 100 years, often to eliminate those that did not believe. What about the 4th century elimination of the gnostics? Not very kind there, or the Library of Alexadria, some crusade against knowledge there. And then again, who taught the Moslim to conquire the world… hummm Christian expansionism. There is more than one perspective here. Modern Islam is not the faith of Mohamed, neither is modern Christianity the fail of Joshua ben Joseph. All have been twisted with time.

      aruntabear

      September 8, 2010 at 09:01

  52. You’d be quite surprised at the type of ignorance expressed by people of John Press’ ilk. I have personally borne witness to a plethora of racist, if not downright revolting blogs, whose authors often try to legitimatize their claims through a variety of methods.

    These smokescreen attempts at fostering a greater user and facilitating a more active following include racial fearmongering, utilitarian reasoning, cherry picked statistics, and the old mainstay just plain denying that racism is at the bottom of the issue.

    It happens more often than you would think that extremists, who are extremely–even religiously–devoted to their cause, will strive towards and attain post secondary degrees so as to add weight to their opinions.

    Keile

    September 7, 2010 at 23:42

    • Well he doesn’t know the difference between extremist Muslims and Muslims.

      I bet he does not know the difference between the Crusades and Christians.

      Or even the difference between Hitler and Germans.

      Classic example of an ignorant and an idiot

      danielcefram

      September 8, 2010 at 00:58

  53. Innocent people died in 9/11, and the families of the victums are being called bigots.

    My religious freedom to pray and discuss my faith is disapearing. I can not longer pledge allegiance to my own country in school. I am forced to listen to evolution theory, feminism, gay rights, marxism and either put up or shut up. This is what public school is now.

    I’m loosing my freedom to choose what kind of health care I pay for, how my tax money is being used, what light bulbs I can buy, what color car I can use, what food I eat, and whether I want to use plastic bags, . . . and what school I want to go to .. . and what I can say in public about marriage.

    I’m loosing my freedom to set up private business so that I can make the world better and give other people the jobs this economy needs.

    and people like you sit there and call people like me biggoted, racist, rich white elitists.

    I STAND WITH THE 9/11 FAMILIES. WHEN YOU CALL ME RACIST YOU ARE CALLING THEM RACIST. YOU ARE CALLING AMERICA A BIGOT.

    mike00000000001

    September 8, 2010 at 00:14

  54. Easy, folks !
    Like to reproduce here the words of Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice:

    Shylock:
    I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,
    organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same
    food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
    heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter
    and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If
    you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
    And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the
    rest, we will resemble you in that.
    ————————————————
    As humanity we are one, and these ” cultural differences” should enrich our lives. As Gandhi said ” an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind “

    GKrishnan

    September 8, 2010 at 01:02

  55. Just be another PhD and offer the society what culturism really means, and share it with more people. Such racist claim on culturism deserves a balancing hit from other PhDs : )

    James W. Sasongko

    September 8, 2010 at 01:54

  56. So in his mind there is no thing as a Muslim who is culturally American. After reading threw his site, it is really an uninformed childish sort of view. Personally I do believe in the superiority of modern western cultural, by superiority I mean, we are more efficient, democratic, scientifically adept etc… I do not however think that somehow that will all go away if there are outside influences. Defended putting Japanese Americans in internment camps is both over the top and not understanding the the vast majority of these people viewed themselves as American and many still fought for their nation during WWII. To say that that man who shot up the military base did solely so because he was Muslim, and not because he was/is mentally unstable shows an unwillnes to see evidence that is contrary.

    lookingforsomethingtofind

    September 8, 2010 at 03:56

  57. […] “Weiner,” a history PhD candidate at NYU who studied briefly alongside Press, worries about two things: either (a) Press’s PhD will lend undeserved credibility to his ideas, or (b) Press’s […]

  58. I’m a moslem. Wtf what u say to Islam…

    Loplyhenry

    September 8, 2010 at 06:53

  59. wow…it’s like he found a way to justify his douchebaggery behaviour and attitudes… it’s such a shame to have people like this in the world …

    poisonuranus

    September 8, 2010 at 06:59

  60. As a 20-year-old student in Ireland (1970) I wrote a paper on the 16th century English conquest of Ireland and the genocide as “culturalism.” The term certainly is accurate simply as a different catagory than “race.” Unfortunately, the human consequences are the same. Like Hitler, John Press believes in the delusion of his own superiority. I do question NYU’s decision to grant him a Ph.D, unless he hid his devotion to this idea in his thesis?

    Chef Marc d'Entremont

    September 8, 2010 at 07:01

  61. there is only one god “ALLAH”
    AND REST OF THEM ARE JUST CHEATS

    imlearner

    September 8, 2010 at 07:18

    • Nothing to see here folks just another Spammer.

      jack

      September 8, 2010 at 18:05

  62. […] a comment » I recently encountered a (sub-)discussione that well illustrates a common misconception: That a defensive statement equals admission of guilt. […]

  63. What does he mean by “Stop Islamic Expansion” exactly? Does being Muslim makes you more liable to put on weight and if so can he explain the morbid obesity problem which is most prevalent in Western Christian cultures?

    I could of course be missing the point. I did however come across this article in the Telegraph which is about current “Culturist” thinking in Germany: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/1506712/Germans-to-put-Muslims-through-loyalty-test.html

    watsonneil

    September 8, 2010 at 08:04

  64. PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE. I don’t even know that to make of all the effort and time put into talking about this. JUST LIVE! and shut up! JUST LIVE! http://www.forantonia.com

    ok, i feel better now.

    Signed, a husband in love

    David & Antonia

    September 8, 2010 at 09:03

  65. […] accurate and compelling description of the site culturism.us by weiner over at phdoctopus.com inspired me to create this post and inform the world and maybe even start a debate over the need […]

  66. Yes your right @Mike his web design sucks bigtime. Speaking as a web developer.

    bbb bobobo

    September 8, 2010 at 14:33

  67. Agreed, this guy has clearly missed the intellectual bar on this one. From what I can see this John Press is just another bigot that likes to distort facts to meet his own outlandish claims.

    However I will say that religion in general diminishes what we as intellectuals have come to rely on… facts. Faith, belief in something because you are told this is right and thus you believe it and as you have no reason to doubt that person and you can justify it in you brain.

    At my collage we encourage people to prove us wrong, even if it contradicts our entire life’s work, in the interest of furthering human knowledge and the search for understanding of the world around us.

    Religion is a closed book, and thus a dead concept, the future is about redefining standards, being dynamic and open to change. Religion in many cases is quite literally carved into stone, no amendments no revisions.

    I feel religion of all kinds should be left by the wayside and science and deductive reasoning should govern all that we do and all that we are. We need to work towards peace, freedom, liberty, justice and sustainable life for all in the 21st century. Religion is just holding us back in the dark ages. If we are to truly to evolve any more as a race (the human race) we need to let go of outdated oppressive regimes.

    james vince

    September 8, 2010 at 14:49

  68. As with any-other Academic degree, A Ph.D. is granted after meeting the minimal standards for the diploma. So, you shouldn’t fret about the pedigree of your degree. John passed a bunch of test designed to measure his knowledge of the subject, nothing more.

    From what you say I think his work is as accurate as SOCIAL DARWINIST bigoted pseudo science–I’m more concerned if his pre-Ph.D. work was based on what he now champions. The Ph.D. advisory board in this instance would then be just as bigoted, hummm.

    Slapping Stickers on desks is more than just blog p!mping( which I will unabashedly do below 🙂 ) is a clear case for his bigotry.

    If none of this helps you ease the your “my devalued degree blues”, think how Yale gradates must feel knowing W.Bush attained a degree there.

    jack

    September 8, 2010 at 17:14

  69. hahahaha…wtf?

    aa

    September 9, 2010 at 02:56

  70. Ive been observing culture and one conclusion I made there is that the older folks who wanted their young to follow some old native culture are on the losing side because the younger generations are eroded by the much stronger culture of the host country… by social environment.Younger generations assimilate easily…survival.

    Rod

    September 10, 2010 at 19:39

  71. I’ve been to John’s website and dug into one article he called Culturism. [My MS Word dictionary has outlined it red so it must be outdated by cultural evolution]

    So, what culture is John really talking about? He is American so the answer is American culture. And he is Western to mean Caucasian so he means Caucasian-American culture. OK. Let’s not take that as racist.

    But what is American culture? Before white men came to the continent there were the Indians who were culturally diverse themselves. Then came the Spaniards, the Dutch, the English, the French, the Italians, Germans, Irish – its the whole of Europe, and added to them were the South Americans and the Asiatics. So WHOSE culture is he talking about now because, as one has said somewhere here, American Culture today is a melted form of all those. I think the latter is true as happening everywhere in the world.

    So, to simplify, what really is American culture. May I forward one: something that is not illegal, something that is legal in America, is American Culture. They are somehow promoted by and for the people, in other words CULTURED, or else they are outlawed.

    Maybe John would like to start a more active movement he calls Culturism, American-Caucasian Culturism to be exact, which he would say is not racist.

    Maybe he is amenable to accommodate the South Americans and the Asians to prove non-racial. And the aim is to freeze the existing culture while banning some Arabic, symbol of ‘Islamic Culture’. I think John K has already lost his cause before he has started it.

    Because evolution, to include social-cultural evolution that encompasses religions and languages, is an unending, continuous process of the development of the human race.

    I think John, in his idea of “culturism” is a small-alike-version of Jiang Qing of the Chinese “Gang of Four”, leader of the great Chinese Cultural Revolution” that employed terror of the red-guards. Under Jiang Qing, you can bet even a Chinese translation of the Beatles’ Hard Days Night could have sent anybody to prison.

    Well if we blast-froze John K with nitrogen today and thaw him ten millenniums if not a million years from now, I guess he’ll be a weird Encino man by then. He won’t understand everybody all around him. And people, product of cultural evolution gone for millenniums, won’t understand him, either. But here’s one relief for John, even religions will have evolved by then that he will hardly recognize the Islamic in them. 🙂

    Because everything will have evolved beyond the control of people like John to freeze things, without many people even noticing it. Yeah, like, it now takes hours by supersonic travel to cross the Atlantic when long time ago it took only a swing of a leg. Thawed today creatures of long ago are lost. But sometimes it takes only one or a few decades for some stagnate to be lost.

    So, to the Johns, you have the liberty but think again before freezing your world. 🙂

    Rod

    September 11, 2010 at 01:28

  72. Oops and really oops. And my apology for omitting mention of the African people in relation to American culture. I have mentioned the North American and the South American continents, Europe, Asia [Minor and Major] – practically the Earth, except one major contributor to American Culture – people that originated in the African continent. American culture is surely not African as well as not say British. It is simply U.S. American. And any world observer can spot the cultural differences.

    My apology to all the blacks. You see, I know that blacks had long been center of racial discrimination so that today, I think, just a mere mention of them or anything that might be them makes half of them run blood-high. In the case above, I have realized that non-mention of them [this is the first time] might possibly have the same effect. [ I came from a place called Negros Island[it is mainly brown people in there], Philippines. Talking of the ills of my place of birth once, made some world blacks hurled things at me like ‘do I know you?’ 😦 ! Maybe it has made me as paranoid as they!]

    Rod J

    September 12, 2010 at 00:42

  73. And hey, Ive been to Mr John’s family photos. Is it Mrs John who looks Asiatic? And someone in there resembles Mr Bean. I cant help but noticed. 🙂

    Rod J

    September 12, 2010 at 00:53

  74. 1

    John Press

    September 12, 2010 at 02:40

  75. Hello All,

    Yesterday, I wrote a long response to some of the comments here and – obviously – deleted it when I tried to do Command A Command C as it was posting. Ouch. At least my testing if I had perhaps successfully posted with the single number “1”. Came through. Sorry for the delay and confusing number.

    Mr. Weiner, are you Canadian David? Also, this was on the 6th floor? Wow! I am amazed and pleased that someone would go through the trouble of making and sticking a thought concerning this nearly totally overlooked book, culturism. I will soon go to the library to see for myself. I am stunned. I must have a follower.

    I also wanted to clear up that my dissertation doesn’t mention culturism once. Though some members were aware of it, in granting me a Ph.D. my dissertation committee did not vouch for culturism, its content or quality in any way shape or form. My dissertation solely concerned Frances Kellor. She was the head of the Americanization movement from 1906 – 1921.

    Kellor does appear in the U.S. History chapter of the book culturism. She was a very interesting culturist. She tried to make immigrants and long-term Americans one by getting them jointly involved in progressive political causes. She largely eschewed creed. She consciously followed John Dewey’s of learning via active democratic participation in her Americanization work.

    That said, again, while Kellor shows up in culturism, culturism does not show up in my NYU dissertation. That partially has to do with the fact that it would have been against academic standards to measure Kellor by a standard and a method denoted in today’s terms. It also has to do with the complete and total dominance of the university by multiculturalists and an intolerance of dissent. One must be relentlessly PC to survive at NYU.

    Multiculturalists enforce this silence on the reality of cultural diversity by calling all who would point out that diversity can include negative aspects, “racist.” Racism is not only stupid and scientifically baseless, it is dangerous. Racism should be fought and denounced. But the multiculturalists stifle conversation when they call all mentions of diversity that are negative “racist.” And as culturism is the opposite of multiculturalism, mentioning it would certainly get you branded as a racist as has happened here.

    Though he is not unique or particularly egregious, we see this problem in Rod’s post. He continuously throws the word “Caucasian” into the discussion. So he is slipping, as is common, from discussions of culture to those of race. If we are going to have honest conversations about diversity, we need to distinguish the two.

    John Press

    September 12, 2010 at 22:22

    • People may talk of race and colour without any malice in them. Let us deal with the subject in the manner of facts. As facts it would be wrong to deny them, pretending they do not exist.

      ‘Western’ stemmed from the old perception that Europe was the farthest end of a land mass the ‘Eastern’ of which is now Asia. ‘Western’ as I understand originally means European or of Europe. And Europe incidentally was and is mainly Caucasian.

      Today, it still holds the same although with added meanings. If you are in Southeast Asia where American presence has long been felt ‘Western’ may also mean American in addition to. And people are not even sure if a Caucasian, meaning a white skinned man, is European, Australian, Canadian or American. Thus instead of mentioning all the nations I think ‘Caucasian’ would be practical when color of skin is the theme. But that is situational because in some situation, you are right that Caucasian is inappropriate where usage of ‘Western’ should mean people born of those regions carrying the culture of the regions, which in the modern time can also mean to include Browns and Blacks who have rooted in there.

      But I think you are not familiar with ideologues. It goes this way. Social political and economics are seen as interrelated and inseparable. You cannot have, say, an economic struggle without the other components – politics and all – to include culture. That explains the Chinese Cultural Revolution during their thrust to Socialism. And Jiang Qing was just a Kellor only at the helm of power. I see Kellor did not make it big, but Jiang Qing on top of all was herself later thrown into prison where she reportedly committed suicide.

      An idea belongs to a set of compatible ideas; same patterns manifested all throughout. So when there is cultural racism it would be wrong to think that it will not manifest politically and economically, vice versa, from end to end.

      I don’t see act of racism yet by “Caucasian-American culture” per se.

      I am a Filipino who carries a Filipino culture. But you are right. I won’t say Brown Filipino culture because that would separate me from a white Filipino and yes you will also find Blacks. There is no such thing as Brown, White or Black Filipino Culture. There is only Filipino culture by browns, whites and blacks.

      But it was you who mentioned “Western” in the first place that I took as “Caucasian” one of its meaning. If it were a black or a brown who said it, it could have been different. There will be no other word for it because of its modern meaning.

      OK, Western-American culture to ban “Islamic”, Caucasian, Brown or Black because of their culture, would be American racism, don’t you think so?

      Anyway, you don’t have that in your constitutions and laws, so you will need a political struggle to do that there. I don’t think you will capture U.S. congress by that.

      Rod J

      September 13, 2010 at 21:03

  76. Multiculturalists play fast and loose with race and culture. Mr. Weiner and his classmates astonishment that I’d defend the Japanese Relocation during WW II serves as an example. The class said that this policy was surely and purely racist. This is very interesting, multiculturalists want to say that the culture of the Old World is always a strong determining factor in your cultural make-up. But in this case they find it completely untenable that Japanese – even the very large percentage who weren’t American citizens – could have had any attachment to Japan.

    When demanding rights and special treatment, the multiculturalists say heritage is all important. When it is used in policy, the reply is that the response is purely irrational racism because culture could have no bearing on loyalty or any other important factor.

    We see in America’s thinking about education that multiculturalists normally see culture as totally ephemeral. They do not take it seriously. For them it boils down to food, festivals and fashion. As a case in point, the achievement gap is always used as evidence of institutional racism. It is inconceivable that culture could be so strong as to impact economic or educational achievement. And to suggest so is racist!! Multiculturalists only take culture seriously when it suits their agenda.

    Culturism is nuanced philosophy. Each chapter in the book takes on another academic discipline. But, I wanted to mention that culturism does not see western culture as superior. I am not a Social Darwinist in the Herbert Spencer sort. The most ruthless or racists, Islam or China, may beat us in the war for survival. And we cannot say that our defeat would be good or bad (that depends on what team you’re on), we can only say that it would be sad for us and for the perpetuation of our values.

    And culturism does not begrudge other cultures being culturist. Saudi Arabia and Korea are both culturist. All nations always have been. From the puritans to the 1924 Immigration Act, we have traditionally be a culturist nation. Other nations also have a right to eschew multiculturalism in favor of culturism It is their right and it is their job. It is their job. But unlike what the multiculturalists say, the West also has a core culture and a right to protect it.

    As for what the West is, we believe in freedom of speech, separation of church and state, democracy and individual rights. These are not universal values. Again you do not see them in the Muslim world or China. These are western attributes. We need to recognize that human rights are western rights. Culturists also refute the universal humanity language of the globalists. And to say we have a culture based on the liberal values mentioned above is not racist.

    You are all open and intelligent interlocutors. I hope to be able to respond to more comments. The only strong ad hoc slander concerns the simple and gaudy nature of my website. But those accusations are not totally undeserved. My website is not cutting edge technologically. And my sense of color can produce nausea.

    John Press

    September 12, 2010 at 22:23

    • culturism and ultra nationalism are almost synonymous. Every color of skin has it. And they are on their way to becoming extinct. Left behind by progress. Isolated. In the Philippines they don’t win elections. They don’t fit anymore in a world that belongs to the fittest. 🙂

      Rod J

      September 13, 2010 at 15:16

    • And ultra nationalism is racism.

      Rod J

      September 13, 2010 at 15:17

    • Somewhere down history I was in fact part of culturism. Fighting anything foreign that has been assimilated by my native tongue. But we did not have words for things like Airplane,machine guns, notebook, ballpoint pen…a whole book to list them. And then we tried to invented for them. It was crazy like everyone’s been out from the tower of Babel!

      Have you been to a website of some radical left? In the Philippines you might not understand the literature because they are written in Pilipino. But Filipinos hardly understand them – ultra nationalist’s Pilipino literature, either. 🙂

      Rod J

      September 13, 2010 at 15:45

    • some grammatical error when I made a rephrase.

      John, frankly I did not get to finish reading your work. I thought I saw enough and I needed not see all because they are familiar to me.

      I came back here with your sticker there above in my mind.

      Rod J

      September 13, 2010 at 16:16

  77. What about the sticker? Well, to people equipped with UV sensors in them, what is not written in black and white there, shows.

    Because of the rise of anti-racism, some may drop mention of race or nationality yet may have trace or smack of them. More on that in my link hereunder if you’ll care.

    http://rltjs.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/cashing-in-on-the-gullible-%e2%80%93-nationalism/

    Besides, maybe we should let cultures, mix. Survival of the fittest applies. Meaning, people will always buy the better, irregardless where it came from. That it originally belonged to any culture is purely incidental. And that evolutionary process is beyond anybody’s ability to stop, some go with it or some go against it.

    Anybody to harmlessly promote anything like ‘culturism’? Why not, this is a free world. But, forcing people to choose any would be fascism and tyranny, which did not work in the end.

    Rod J

    September 14, 2010 at 21:44


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