Videos from the Property and Freedom Society (I haven’t watched any yet, but I’m sure there’s good stuff in there).
There was lots of violent crime committed by “youths” this past weekend (Auster collects links via Drudge). In my own neighborhood, things were more subdued. The residents of the Section 8 housing busied themselves throwing rocks at passers-by. Good times. We’re told that this is what happens when the weather gets so hot. Apparently that’s supposed to make sense. Salon takes note of Drudge’s stories by insinuating that they’re fictional and wondering why he doesn’t collect stories of violence by “rowdy” white kids – a vigorous intellectual response indeed!
It’s hard for me to read the quote in this post at Mangan’s and not think of the Soviet Union. Thought crimes are everywhere and they will not be tolerated.
What happens when economic research shows that free trade “has ruined the income and employment prospects for most Americans?” Do economists’ heads explode?
Sometimes reality is far in advance of satire when it comes to absurdity. The results, however, are not always funny. If a satirist had come up with the idea of a violent criminal who had spent time in an asylum being admitted by a university to its doctoral program in “homicide studies,” thereafter turning into a serial killer, that satirist would have been denounced for poor taste. But this is precisely what a British university did recently. A man with a long history of criminal violence became a serial killer while working on a Ph.D. thesis at the University of Bradford, the subject of his thesis being the methods of homicide used in the city during the nineteenth century. He himself used methods more reminiscent of the fourteenth.