Friday, December 30, 2011
The unearthly Hesperado
About Daniel Pipes, Lawrence Auster notes in a recent post on his blog:
...(and I remain the only writer in the world who has pointed out his massive contradictions, no one else seems to care)...
I guess I'm not in the world.
But in fact, I have written several times about the methodological and theoretical flaws of Daniel Pipes in his analysis of the problem of Islam (even coining, I think, the phrase "the Pipes Dream" to denote his fundamental contradiction between condemning Islam and salvaging Islam).
Pot Shots at the Pipes Dream
The Pipes Dream through a Glassman darkly
Asymptote vs. Asymptote: The New York Times vs. Brigitte Gabriel
Asymptotic vs. Holistic Analysis: a clarification
The Pipes Dream, revisited
Muslim Profiling in a Nutshell
A Litmus Test for the Intelligent Infidel
The above essays (which, incidentally, go back as far as 2006, while many of them go back to 2008) represent only the ones that feature Pipes more prominently; in addition, readers will find Pipes mentioned in the context of his "Dream" in over 30 other essays.
Not only this, but I have also credited Lawrence Auster with providing a good analysis of the Pipes problem. Indeed, I wouldn't begrudge Auster petulantly for ignoring me, and thus withhold from praise the very Auster piece I quoted from above, which I'd say is another good installment of a sound thrashing of Pipes by Auster (even if peppered with the typically Quixotic hyperbole whereby Auster is valiantly all alone in the World comprised by all that Auster can see).
For, it's not like Auster doesn't know who I am and hasn't read my blog before. Indeed, a few years ago, we corresponded quite a bit; and he has in the past referenced my blog a few times on his blog. Apparently, in the last couple of years I have written one too many negative critiques of his approach and methodology (i.e., in Austerspeak, these would be "vicious attacks"), and so I guess he'd rather just ignore me as though I don't exist.