Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The gaps are enormous, we stare from each side -- We were strangers for way too long:
This is just brilliant. Jonah's talking about how William James' "moral equivalent of war" exhortation, often invoked in spirit by liberals, is commensurate with fascist militarization of society:
This trope has hardly been purged from contemporary liberalism. Every day we hear about the "war on cancer," the "war on drugs," the "War on Poverty," and exhortations to make this or that social challenge the "moral equivalent of war."
Now, which ubiquitous "war on..." formulation has gone unmentioned here?
--Spencer Ackerman
I think it begins with a "T" and ends with an "ah".
Blogger goethean | 9:26 AM

I didn't realize the Republican Party was so eager to abandon the War on Drugs. If it wasn't for those damn Democrats, I'd have a nice hemp patch in my backyard right now!

...well. You know. If I smoked pot. But the point stands.
Blogger Bridgett | 12:38 PM

Bridgett got to the idea first: since when is the War on Drugs a "liberal moral exhortation?" The war on drugs is highly illiberal; dictats about what we can put into our bodies and locking up people who enjoy themselves "too much" for someone's taste are hardly "liberal" ideals.
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