Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Pretty Cynical

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I’ve been aghast at the rise of eliminationism in American political discourse for a long time, and I’m pretty cynical about decency on the right in general, but even I feel shocked that the response of GOP leadership and their spokespeople to broken windows, death threats, and flat-out attempted murder has been “Well, it’s understandable.”

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  1. I was just reading Aesthetics of Resistance for the seminar tonight. It’s definitely not the right book to be reading right now, because it makes me so paranoid about the rightist tactics (although maybe that’s a good thing). One of the crucial discussions is what led to the failure of social democracy in the face of Nazism. Among other things, it was the persistent attempts by the SDP to invoke a shame discourse against a party that had absolutely no concern over being shamed.

    Alex

    March 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

  2. The GOP leadership’s response is predictably unapologetic. And as a broader matter, law enforcement and Homeland Security needs to be vigilant about what seems to be a growing right-wing domestic terrorism threat. That said, I don’t see any non-poitical value in Democratic press conferences complaining about this stuff. Creating a climate in which Americans are made to feel fearful of those who disagree with them on political issues is not helpful. Take a cue from Obama and don’t wet the bed.

    Shankar D

    March 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  3. Or let the media wet the bed for you. The information is out there now, they don’t have to keep hammering it necessarily.

    gerrycanavan

    March 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm


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