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Friday, August 12, 2005

Rushdie interview in Reason

Rushdie says:
The idea of universal rights—the idea of rights that are universal to all people because they correspond to our natures as human beings, not to where we live or what our cultural background is—is an incredibly important one. This belief is being challenged by apostles of cultural relativism who refuse to accept that such rights exist. If you look at those who employ this idea, it turns out to be Robert Mugabe, the leaders of China, the leaders of Singapore, the Taliban, Ayatollah Khomeini. It is a dangerous belief that everything is relative and therefore these people should be allowed to kill because it’s their culture to kill.
Read the whole thing.

3 Comments:

Blogger Aaman said...

Good link, Arun - will read

9:01 AM  
Blogger Aaman said...

The only problem with the interview - it's by someone who's not read the books, methinks.

And no questions on the new book, one of his most political ones

9:04 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Aaman,

Sadly, yes. I looked at it in detail to get some info on Shalimar, but could not find any. The magazine is a Libertarian magazine and the interviewer seemed to focus only on his political views.

4:45 PM  

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