Check out this article from today's Crimson: http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=511113
It's an interesting article titled "The Gay Old Party" in which the author describes how the Harvard Republican Club has grown increasingly like the groups it critiques. In particular, the author targets the HRC's President and his quote that homosexuals are "giving a victory to an ideology of evil that will probably eventually spawn the Antichrist." And this is just one, among other quotes. (And be sure to join the facebook group, "Probably spawning the Antichrist.")
The author's response begins with: "Apart from the faulty theology—the Antichrist is supposed to be a sea-beast, not a fairy..."
Albeit a little offensive, I actually think that's quite hilarious. :)
But what got me a little was the last paragraph: "Belligerence, hyperbole, gracelessness, flamboyance, and uninformed rhetoric. I expect this from other, more traditionally “martyr complex” groups on campus, like members of the BGLTSA (Harvard’s Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance) or the Harvard College Democrats for example."
The author feels that the Harvard Republican Club is now mimicking the Harvard BGLTSA for using belligerence, hyperbole, gracelessness, flamboyance, and uninformed rhetoric. To a certain degree, I have to agree, but only very slightly. Outburts such as the controversial Jada Pinkett Smith confusion, as well as much of the outcry against Larry Summers, seems to me to be graceless and belligerent. The criticism is militant, sometimes hyperbolic, and somewhat uninformed. But my views on those two events are, I'm sure, very different than many of this blog's readers, and this is not the place for me to debate them right now.
Rather I want to agree with the general point: outburts like the HRC President's comments are not constructive or informed. I think the BGLTSA and the Harvard Dems, on the whole, are not like the way this self-proclaimed member of the HRC describes them. But I just think, in general, it's an interesting article insomuch as it points out the state of our current discourse. Perhaps we need to rethink hyperbole and deconstruction and see if there is a way to think beyond both modernism and postmodernism.