[Marxism] Athenian democracy

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Tue Jul 4 11:53:09 MDT 2006

Greg Dunkel wrote, "As for James's assertion "The astonishing thing is that
they [the Greeks] laid the intellectual foundation of Western Europe" there
have been whole books written to refute it.  'Black Athena' by Martin Bernal
comes to mind."

A better question might be why anyone would want to contest the Greek claim,
as the nature of western civilization has hardly been entirely positive.....

Sayan Bhattacharyya commented, "I thought Bernal had been discredited on
this, but I may be wrong."

Yes, Bernal's book was deliberately smudged arguments and used imprecise
terms to make its point.  And only a civilization with attention deficit
issues would view it as original.  Sections of the more radical French
freemasonry was founded on the idea of Egyptian origins.  In the U.S.,
abolitionists and free blacks made the case as well...more honestly than did
Bernal, I might add.

Mark L.

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