Some months back I wrote, "the so-called 'moderates' are the most rabidly partisan...With little of ideological substance to distinguish them from their opponents, partisan tribal-based politics is the only game in town."
I just couldn't resist bringing this story from Sunday's WaPo to the attention of readers, here at C99P. Essentially, it's a story about how, "One of the largest and oldest neo-Nazi groups in the United States appears to have an unlikely new leader: James Stern, a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it."
One can only be gobsmacked by the Orwellian tactic of claiming that a quotidian phrase, uttered by millions for decades, has suddenly become an anti-Semitic insult. ("Its all about the Benjamin's, baby.") This is weaponized sophistry, aka casuistry. If we go down this road, saying "I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole." is going to be construed as anti-Polish. The metaphor of the boiling frog will be taken as an insult to French mentality.
The obvious (to me) response to the fabricated and orchestrated outrage about Representative Ilhan Omar's remark is to send her a $100 bill. If she is going to be crucified on a cross of Benjamins, she might as well have some of them.
A debate arose in the comments on JtC's latest diary on moderation. The issue is: does moderation censor free expression? And if so, are we OK with it?
Let's talk turkey.
Back in MrJayTee’s blog a couple of Sunday’s ago, I had addressed the victory of Sadiq Khan for London’s mayor and Labour’s results discussing the context in which they had taken place. This included an incredibly racist and Islamophobic campaign by Zac Goldsmith and a clear victory for Sadiq Khan.