Saturday, February 24, 2007
It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words:
Conservapedia: for when the distributed intelligence of the internet just reinforces the pernicious influence of liberals. Defying parody, Conservapedia explains how Wikipedia offends conservative sensibilities:
1. The entry for the Renaissance in Wikipedia refuses to give enough credit to Christianity.Wikipedia allows the use of B.C.E. instead of B.C. and C.E. instead of A.D.The dates are based on the birth of Jesus, so why pretend otherwise? Conservapedia is Christian-friendly and exposes the CE deception.

2. The entry for the Renaissance in Wikipedia refuses to give enough credit to Christianity.
The C.E. deception! If that doesn't convince you, there are 25 other examples. Perhaps most unexpected: Wikipedia's entry on feudalism focuses entirely on European feudalism and "does not mention the feudal systems that developed independently in Japan and India." As it happens, I have some experience with this. While I can't speak for the state of the debate over India, the question of whether Japan's pre-Tokugawa period represents an instance of feudalism is a matter of some dispute within the academic community. For the record, that shit was feudalism, I say.

What implication this has for the great culture war is unclear. Does maintaining a strict definition of feudalism imply a hostility to European culture? Does feudalism suggest a particular barbarism? What, in other words, hinges on describing India and Japan as having their own experiences with feudalism?
--Spencer Ackerman
[Actual dialogue]
Prof: "The common date for the founding of Rome is around 750 BCE"
Student #1: BCE?
Student #2: Before Christ Existed
Blogger Jacob | 11:41 AM

Even stranger: two points (5 and 22) refer to an "extreme form of Anglophilia that characterizes many entries in Wikipedia". If this is conservatism, it's an extremely paleo- form. Many of the conservatives I've known preferred English-style spelling when they thought they could get away with it. But perhaps those were conservatives of the Jeffrey Hart "an American gentleman...[who] has gone to a good school, maybe shops at J. Press, maybe plays tennis or golf, and drinks either Bombay or Beefeater martinis, or maybe Dewar's on the rocks, or both" variety. (

But enough of that -- time for another bloody Dewar's.
Blogger TheWaldganger | 7:10 PM

Huh. I would think that suggesting that other cultures also went through a feudal period would lend support to a Marxist interpretation of history, in which all cultures go through a more or less given set of economic/sociopolitical stages.

Conservapedia: Last Bastion of Marxism
Blogger Robert Farley | 10:33 PM

Also, according to Conservapedia: Evolution violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Blogger Brian | 6:14 AM