What program, Peter? This is all pretty vague stuff in your post. While you
were off the list (in fact, I think you were a key in kicking off the
discussion just before you left), Eliot and anti-semitism was pretty
thoroughly hashed over, and just for the record there are (or were) a
significant number of listers who thought Eliot not to be anti-semitic or
racist, me among them. Too bad the list archives are unavailable. At any
rate, though I don't wish to recreate that discussion, I don't accept your
premises. The poetry, even Burbank and Gerontion especially, points to a
different orientation. Interesting that this pops up on the day of
celebration in the US of Martin Luther King.
At 09:41 PM 1/19/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>I've just been watching a program on the development of US power,
>and there is a lot being made of Europeans and esp. Anglo-Saxons
>being considered the superior races, on the basis of Darwin. Many
>key people in the US admin. opposed open immigration on that basis.
>In particular, the concept was taught at Harvard.
>Could this A/S superiority complex be the flip side of
>the anti-semitism of the time, Eliot being a typical buyer
>of such cant.
>[Plese note: I have no desire or intention here of trying to
> excuse Eliot's racism. I want only to understand the situation.
> I do, however, as I have indicated before, fully expect the clowns
> who enjoy plaguing us, to use racism for shock purposes.]