Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

02/19/2010 (10:43 pm)

Yglasias Brain Hiccup

Matthew Yglasias’ take on John Stack’s IRS kamikaze mission seems to be that this is terrorism, dammit, and the right is being hypocritical by not calling “terrorism” and reacting to Stack as we do to acts of Islamic terrorism.

I think it’s very clear that if this had been done by a brownish-looking Muslim guy whose suicide note paralleled Islamist political themes that the right wing would be pissing its pants and demanding that anyone who refused the label the attack “terrorism” be put up on treason charges. But the new rules seem to be that politically motivated violence when undertaken by white people isn’t terrorism.

Here, Matt, I think I can help: if there existed a cadre of 160,000,000 Joe Stacks, and they were all training their children to fly airplanes into government buildings, I can assure you that plenty of conservatives would be addressing the problem of Tax Terrorism. We’re not ginning up terrorism watches, Matt, because he was alone. I actually have no idea what color he was. And no, his note didn’t really parallel anybody’s political themes, unless you think the average Tea Partier hates capitalism and religion.

Speaking of large numbers of nut cases, though, have you noticed than whenever somebody is engaging in breathtakingly bad logic while drawing attention to somebody’s skin color, it’s always a hard leftie? One might infer that the American left is full of intellectually bereft people obsessed with race. You might want to watch that, Matt.

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