The Blather Factor
Martin Luther King did so in in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, he delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating that racial harmony should prevail upon the civil rights march he had organized. Whilst there was significant opposition to Dr. King's perspective, ultimately the extent of support for his views proved to be overwhelming, so that in the end they prevailed.
Dr. King's successful and (in the opinion of this observer) socially beneficial civil rights campaign depended, for its success, upon demonstrating that the views advocated had the passionate support of millions of individuals who were willing to endure severe hardships and unjustifiable mistreatment in order to demonstrate that their demand for civil rights to be extended equally to all U.S citizens regardless of race, religion or other socially divisive factors should prevail.
In stark contrast to this grand and majestic social movement of the past, we are now obliged to examine far more uncertain and inadequately presented demands of certain "archaeologists," who dogmatically insist that "preservation of the archaeological record" is of such overriding importance that it should take precedence over all other human concerns and activities.
That is (on the face of it) an impossible proposal, absent a convincing demonstration that social justice depends upon assent to these demands.
What has thus far been advanced as substantiation for these demands? One would be hard pressed to find much, other than what Paul Barford has published in his notorious PACHI blog.
It is appropriate to examine what might be termed the "blather factor." How much weight and importance should, in a critical examination, be given to blogs such as Mr. Barford's?