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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Over The Top Politics

For John, BLUF"You are stupid" is OK, I guess, but not "Off with their heads".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

OK, it is The National Review, but still, I tend to see the approach of "radio host, activist, and attorney specializing in environmental law" Robert Kennedy, Junior, as a little too fascist.  From the lede:
Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship.  The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to “punish” or to imprison those who disagree with him — and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions.  Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of “treasonous” figures — among them a number of unspecified “politicians”; those bêtes noires of the global Left, Kansas’s own Koch Brothers; “the oil industry and the Republican echo chamber”; and, for good measure, anybody else whose estimation of the threat posed by fossil fuels has provoked them into “selling out the public trust.”  Those who contend that global warming “does not exist,” Kennedy claimed, are guilty of “a criminal offense — and they ought to be serving time for it.”
Yes, lock up the opposition.  The only outcomes from such an approach are revolution or the loss of our humanity.

This is a case of being unable to win through logic and thus resorting to suppressing the opposition.  Tacky.  Large, raucous, demonstrations are OK.  Locking up the opposition is not.  As an aside, arresting demonstrators trying to get locked up seems OK to me.

UPDATE:  Corrected a typo. Regards  —  Cliff

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