The Critique of Demagogical Reason

Thanks to Henry Farrell for linking to today's column, which tries to launch the term "Islamophobofascism."

I have great hopes for this expression. It embodies a special quality, for which it seems necessary to coin another neologism: "meta-stupidity."

UPDATE: Googling suggests that this may actually be the first use of the term "Islamophobofascism."

A while back, I came up with another word, "phalloblogocentrism," only to discover later that Michael Berube had already used it.

October 17, 2007 12:07 PM | | Comments (9)



Your link to Crooked Timber has a "mailto:" in front of the URL, so it doesn't work.

Thanks, John. I've fixed it now.

The "buttons" for email and URL links are side by side, so it's a wonder I don't make this mistake more often.

The Berube thing - I love it!

As Flaubert discovered, it's harder to out-stupid the world than it is to out-smart it. "Human stupidity is a bottomless abyss, and the ocean I see from my window seems quite small in comparison." :-)

I own the rights to "Quasi-Phallo-Islamilitblogomanic" if anyone is interested in bidding on them.

Yeah, I struck out with Blogoramaville and blogocalypse and basically gave up, neologistically speaking.

Whereas I struck paydirt with "wonkosphere," a truly horrible neologism which I am sure will come back to haunt me ...

"Wonkosphere" is a necessary term. By coining it, you did the work of destiny.

I came up with another word, "phalloblogocentrism," only to discover later that Michael Berube had already used it.

Yeah, but I still owe you for "publicity intellectual," which you coined, like, three or four years before I thought I invented it. But I think I still own "bloggeschichte," which comes in handy in all kinds of social situations.

And surely Caleb McDaniel was the first to write, "here I am / rock you like a bloggicane," though this achievement has yet to receive the attention it deserves.

I lay claim to "yentocracy."

Leave a comment

Recent Work

Fidel Castro: My Life 
A review from Newsday
40 Years of "The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual" 
Marking the anniversary of Harold Cruse's great book
Style and Grace 
A review of a book by the late, great Grace Paley from ... sheesh, almost ten years ago.
Oh, Canada 
National identity -- going south?
The LaRouche Tabernacle Choir 
An interview with me about the LaRouche movement, on Pacifica radio in Los Angeles
Open Library 
An interview with Aaron Swartz, one of the developers....
Sailing From Ithaka 
The new report calling for a digital platform for scholarly publishing deserves a wide audience


Battle of the Titans 
Dinesh D'Souza and Alan Wolfe debating? Imagine a slime mold in conflict with a patch of mildew. It's just that inspiring.
To the Tehran Station 
Not about Edmund Wilson
more picks


About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Quick Study published on October 17, 2007 12:07 PM.

New Adventures in the Dialectical Economics of Keplerian Studies in the Orbit of Ceres (an Asteroid) was the previous entry in this blog.

Whoah...Not Quite Infinite Regress is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

AJ Ads

AJ Blogs

AJBlogCentral | rss

About Last Night
Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Artful Manager
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
blog riley
rock culture approximately
critical difference
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dog Days
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
Life's a Pitch
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
Mind the Gap
No genre is the new genre
Performance Monkey
David Jays on theatre and dance
Plain English
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Real Clear Arts
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
Rockwell Matters
John Rockwell on the arts
Straight Up |
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude

Foot in Mouth
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Seeing Things
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...

Jazz Beyond Jazz
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...

Out There
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Serious Popcorn
Martha Bayles on Film...

classical music
Creative Destruction
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
The Future of Classical Music?
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
On the Record
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Slipped Disc
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds

Jerome Weeks on Books
Quick Study
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera

Drama Queen
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
lies like truth
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world

Aesthetic Grounds
Public Art, Public Space
Another Bouncing Ball
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Modern Art Notes
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog
Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.