Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Matt Taibbi on those Nobel Prizes

It’s hard to believe, but there have been sillier moments in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize than this recent fiasco involving Barack Obama — it’s just so hard to remember them when you’re rolling around on the ground and spitting up greenish foam in a state of shock, as most of us were this past weekend as the news of Obama’s amazing award rolled over the airwaves.

The Nobel Peace Prize long ago ceased to be an award given to people who really spend their whole careers agitating for peace. Like most awards the Prize has evolved into a kind of maraschino cherry for hardcore careerists to place atop their resumes, a reward not for dissidence but on the contrary for gamely upholding the values of Western society as it perceives itself, for putting a good face on things (in Obama’s place, literally so).
... That's just the beginning. The whole article is worth a read.

1 comment:

  1. I am huge fan of President obama and i read obama's blog every morning when i heard he got Noble peace prize i feel so good but all my friends they are not happy.
    but i think he really deserve it.


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