Academic journal article et Cetera

Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber

Academic journal article et Cetera

Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber

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David Gelernter. Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber. New York: Free Press, 1997.

The mailbomb that almost killed David Gelernter in June of 1993, courtesy of the Unabomber, left him with physical injuries and a sense of moral outrage and obligation which he shares with us in this book. That many in the news media and the general public see his assailant as some sort of "mad genius" rather than as a manifestation of evil indicates to Gelernter that we have lost our moral compass. He believes this is the result of the 1960s zeitgeist that has led today's intelligentsia to teach tolerance of morally reprehensible behavior.

The author attacks the "cultural elite" with great gusto, singling out a multitude of targets including feminists, opponents of the death penalty, the producers of Sesame Street, members of the press, and ivy league professors. Their unwillingness to look at the "facts" of contemporary life and take moral stands, and their willingness to privilege wrongdoers and ne'er-do-wells as "victims" makes terrorism, crime, and sanctimony too much of a staple in American life. …

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