Friday, March 23, 2018


I see Kevin D. Williamson has been promoted from National Review to The Atlantic. Here is the alicublog archive on Williamson; I don't have time to get too deep into it, but many people have learned today about Williamson's declaration that women who have abortions should be executed -- which, if you're going to only know one thing about Williamson, is a good choice because it is typically stupid and vicious, the kind of snot-nosed contrarianism in which he specializes. I will only add that Williamson was sneering at victims of gun violence before sneering at victims of gun violence was cool (and his sneer-object actually got shot!); that he has actually compared contemporary American liberals to Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken as an insult, and American public schools to a Communist dictatorship, and Cliven Bundy to Gandhi -- analogies seem not to be his strong suit; and that he first achieved a moment of fame by throwing a fit (and a stranger's cell phone) in public. Check the archive if you like, but the short version is, he sucks.

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