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Political Answers.

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Jfjfp have updated their material on Ben White’s faulty new book and I was struck by this passage:

“that questions White’s accuracy in the use of supporting material and to a response by Ben White that seeks to rebut Hoffman’s claims. As before, publication on the JfJfP website does not imply support for arguments made; they are published as a contribution to debate.”

“the JfJfP website does not imply support for arguments made;…”

It is hard to tell if they are apologizing for including in a critique of White’s work, or that they wish to, partly, distance themselves from White’s book, just in case, it blows up in their face.

Which seems to me to be a political answer.

By that I mean, it is the type of answer that you would get from a professional politician, a form of words which don’t really address the issue, but are often thrown out as a way of placating criticism and hedging one’s bets just in case it all goes wrong.

Astute readers will see that JfJfP leave out Jonathan Hoffman’s final reply to White’s rejoiner, which is posted at the top of Z blog.

Not very impressive either way, as they don’t deal with White’s use of doctored quotes, nor the substance of the criticism which has been leveled at White’s methodology.

Written by modernityblog

16/07/2009 at 00:41

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  1. Except if you really analyze his comments, Dan isn’t that good as the kind of messaging he’d like to get across: oh so disinterested and above it all — except he’s not really that way.


    16/07/2009 at 03:30

  2. You are probably right, but that type of seemingly evasive answer does little for me, I hope next time that the JfjfP find a more articulate advocate.

    I prefer candour to that trite political nonsense.


    16/07/2009 at 04:43

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