Thursday, May 20, 2010

Imagine... Digby would react if someone said something like this about a Democrat:
Granted, there's no reason to assume that he holds views like that. But to he best of my knowledge, he hasn't repudiated them either.
Such a stupid line. Incidentally, doing a search for "repudiate" on Digby's site is pretty hilarious. Calm down with that word, friend.

She's talking about Rand Paul and all the tedious "Is he a racist?" nonsense that's going around. If we even accept that such a question makes any sense to ask of anyone (which I don't), IOZ repudiates the hell out of it in a post that makes a few questionable assertions but which overall I feel no need to repudiate whatsoever:
A libertarian who hates Black people, thinks they are racially and genetically inferior, and would, given the opportunity, refuse to serve racial minorities at his own business could nevertheless be better for Blacks than any cruise missile liberal. Ending the drug war and closing prisons and not sending poor Black people to die in crazy foreign adventures based on hazy "humanitarian" principles is more important than paying lip service to the Civil Rights office at the DOJ. For realz.
Although, I gotta say, in general the term "liberatarian" is pretty damned repudiatable. And come to think of it, I repudiate the phrase "For realz" with all the repudiation power in my body.

UPDATE: There's absolutely nothing to repudiate in IOZ's latest on the subject.


Jack Crow said...

"That's libertarians for you - anarchists who want police protection from their slaves."

Kim Stanley Robinson

Ethan said...

I'm quite fond of that man. Did you read Galileo's Dream? I was very surprised by how much I loved it.

Jack Crow said...

Not that one. Off top of my head: Memory of Whiteness, the Mars Trilogy, Years of Rice and Salt, the First Forty book, and several short stories, so far.

I'll add it to my ridiculously long list, though.

Ethan said...

The global warming trilogy I found alternated pretty crazily between disappointing and very good, though I will say it gets better as it goes on. Galileo's Dream I think does excellent, excellent things in terms of literature, history, science, faith, and "politics" or whatever, both on a surface level and a deeper, emergent level that I am not even entirely certain that Robinson was aware of while writing it. It's truly excellent. Possibly the equal of the Mars trilogy though admittedly it's been years since I read those.