Looking at this dialogue (via Yglesias), I noticed that Huckabee advisor Jim Pinkerton's proposal to put "a cop in front of every mosque" is supposed to be what he calls a "Durkheimian exercise." [Start at about 12:30.] The idea is that, because Durkheim argued that societies are held together by shared norms -- actually, I'm not quite sure how that gets to the idea that we should start harassing Muslims on no probable cause. It seems to be part of an argument that the U.S. should declare itself part of "Christendom" (I haven't watched that whole segment), but I question his Durkheim exegesis.
I'm a little disappointed that the liberal in the dialogue, David Corn, hasn't heard of Durkheim, but he makes up for it by not being a raving loony.Posted by Matt Weiner at January 16, 2008 07:26 AM