Dean, Jodi on Sat, 5 May 2012 03:00:20 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> The insult of the 1 percent: "Art-history majors"

Thank you, Brian. I agree with much of what you've written below, especially:

It is the neutrality of intellectuals, the 
propensity to take refuge in an abstracted vision of "complexity," and 
the willingness to be on the take but not on the give, that has, in 
part, led to this pass.


From: [] on behalf of Brian Holmes []
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2012 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: <nettime> The insult of the 1 percent: "Art-history majors"

On 05/03/2012 04:40 PM, Sascha D. Freudenheim wrote:
> My point is that I don't think over-generalizing from Conard's absurd
> comments is necessarily very helpful. He's one guy. He's entitled to his
> opinions, however ignorant we think they are. But there are people with
> significantly more complex relationships to the world(s) of ideas, art,
> culture, and wealth. Koch is one of them. I don't agree with most of his
> political views, but he is evidence that there are people whose
> motivations as part of the 1% are not as simple-minded as Conard's--and
> not as simple as the rest of us often assume.

You know, Sascha, I am afraid you are the very example of the person
whose opinions should no longer count in intellectual debates. Because
you are unable to take a stand. You are unable to even see the ground
you are standing on.

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