I don't doubt the integrity, and I don't doubt the passion, but reading through this thread where criticisms of past postings have been projected forward into this book, and Scott is accused of various failings, misdeamors and imaginary crimes in relation to what is actually *in* this book, I wonder - am I missing something? Apart from the blurb, does someone have an advanced copy, or is all this vitriol and criticism based on what you ASSUME will be in this book?
Why not wait to judge the evidence when you have the FULL evidence in front of you. It won't be long now. Many of you talk about methodology and standards, yet feel free to decide for yourselves what someone is going to say, and feel justified in making a judgement before the facts. "I don't need to read this, I know it will be rubbish". OK, you certainly know what you think, but there's an intellectual difference there, and it fails a basic standard that goes all the way back to Socrates. The very core of prejudice is prejudgement.
It can be fun to fun to ride with the lynch mob even when the guy isn't around to lynch. There are pictures of Scott on the Internet which you can print out if you want to burn him in effigy. But as far as I'm aware, his new book isn't actually available to throw onto the bonfire with the other proscribed tomes quite yet.
There is a poignant moment in Graves' "I CLaudius" where Senator Gallus stands up to the growing tyranny of Sejanus:
"Once again," he says "the Emperor writes from Capri demanding yet another arrest! First it was the Lady Agrippina and her eldest son, Nero Caesar, and now it is her second son, Drusus Caesar. No documents are produced for the Senate to investigate. Only our consent is asked for. Our signature. Like that of some compliant wife. Senators, my signature is not to be had for the asking. I was brought up to read a document before I signed it. You may do as you please."
Well gentlemen, I was brought up to read a book before I reviewed it. You may do as you please.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09-May-16 09:10 by LonelyAngel.