By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth
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Completing the litany of sexism was the liturgy of racism, the other great, even obsessive, European passion. If the domestic life of the capitalist could not be complete without the oppression of women, the external domain for capital could not be secured without the subjugation The Modernist Problematic 19 of “Other” cultures, and other peoples, of this world. As such, Racism was the other powerful “rationalizing” instrument of world domination, as eternally epitomized in the poetical tropes of vulgar Kiplingese (Kipling was, lest we forget, but a mild racist; there were scores more potently rabid than he) version of the White Man’s Burden.
At any rate, analytically dissecting peoples, cultures, and societies, much like bisecting hapless frogs in high schools (European medicine developed on the basis of torture and mutilation of dependent and helpless peoples and species and remains, even today, supernally more intrusive, uncongenial, and discommoding than traditional therapies), as another “scientific” pastime, was only the prelude and accompaniment to the violent destruction of their cherished autonomies in practice. As such, gratuitous, indiscriminate, and amoral violence was the vital adjunct of the Euro-project of science from its early modernist beginnings; even to speak of the “scientific revolution” as a European, modernist phenomenon is a travesty: all peoples have engaged in the quality and quantity of science necessary for their survival—the Bushmen are still here, secure in their “science,” though in danger now only from modernist predations on their habitat.
A deliberate choice) to be commended!. Weber’s materialism (a conservative materialism in his case) could only despise and disparage this radical dearth, in the “periphery,” of what might loosely, but nonetheless properly, be called moral debasement. 32 Against Eurocentrism And yet, paradoxically, conservative that he was, Weber would end up lamenting, often implicitly, the overdevelopment, within his own beloved Western culture, of that very “Protestant Ethic” that assured, in his own cosmology, the superiority of Europe, even if paradoxically located in the dry desert of disenchantment.