More links on the Jared lee Loughner story.
Only those who are clinically deranged could harbor such anti-social views about the government ruling us --an institution representing the refined essence of benevolence, administered by beings of infinite competence whose digestive by-products emit the pleasant odor of freshly cut daisies. This is why the State's media auxiliaries (including the right-collectivists over at National Review) are largely ignoring Loughner's sociopathic indifference to the rights of other individuals while focusing tirelessly on his alienation from the government. -- William N. Grigg
It doesn’t matter what you call it. The dream of a classless society, of a high-tech future where machines do all the work, of doing away with prices and markets — there is nothing “emergent” about these ideas. They can be traced back to various utopian socialist movements of the 19th century, and are as unworkable now as ever, having failed on every attempt to put them into action. What is stunning to me is that literate intelligent people (and my correspondent is not stupid or uneducated) could somehow be unaware of this history. -- Robert Stacy McCain
Those who refuse to recognize the causal connection between state action and the epidemic of anger sweeping the world, would do well to ask this question: why do political systems have to rely on the use of violence to accomplish their ends? Violence forces life to abandon its own purposes, and to move in directions it does not want to go. What could be more frustrating, more conducive to aggression, than to deny to life its very sense of being? -- Butler Shaffer
From my vantage point, it‘s as simple as it is clear: America is no longer able to have a sensible conversation with itself about events as dramatic as these. Americans in general don't seem to be able to think and feel for themselves anymore, they go through the processes of anger and sorrow according to scripts dictated to them by their media. "What am I supposed to think? Please tell me". -- Ilargi