Monday, January 18, 2010

The Perpetual Foolishness of David Brooks

Posted By on 01.18.10 at 01:09 PM

America's favorite pop anthropologist:

As Lawrence E. Harrison explained in his book “The Central Liberal Truth,” Haiti, like most of the world’s poorest nations, suffers from a complex web of progress-resistant cultural influences. There is the influence of the voodoo religion, which spreads the message that life is capricious and planning futile.

Pat Robertson:

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," Robertson said. "They were under the heel of the French ... and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.'"

"True story," he continued. "And the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another."

Historian Robert Taber discusses what actually happened at the Bois Caiman ceremony. The great reporter Jon Lee Anderson is on the ground in Haiti. Zunguzungu has more on Brooks's atrocious column.

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