Monday, 7 January 2008

What is Turkishness?

Something so fragile that it needs protection in law, apparently. However, this looked like a promising reform. But actually the changes to Article 301 are cosmetic.

"Turkishness", "Turkish nation", "Turkish Republic", "State of the Turkish Republic"... whatever. Why it should any of these things be off limits for critical discussion? Don't tell me that all cultures are commensurate, equal, equally valid or that all cultural practices are neither here nor there.