Sorry, Leftism: You Don't Get to Disown the Polanski List
What did you write when “Tookie” Williams was executed? Were you kinder to him than Terry Schiavo’s folks?
Did you see the good and the bad with Arafat? Ever call Bibi a hardliner and Abbas a moderate?
You drew a line on Polanski’s case, yes, but which word narrows your pupils: Guevara? Or Malkin?
Does a Bill Ayers’ nail bomb seem a more palatable agent of crime than Larry Craig’s foot? Did you treat it as such?
The “Free Polanski” list is leftism’s monster, no matter how many leftists claim to disown it. No such list could ever be compiled by conservatism, classical liberalism, objectivism, or any other related creed built around natural law and it’s unalterable ethical code. Only leftism allows one to stand for Polanski, and another to stand against him, and both be definable as authentic believers of the philosophy.
It’s piffle. You’re not talking sense or being intellectually honest any more now than ever, as long as you’re still trailing that wake of subjective reasoning. You don’t just get to join a common-sense backlash against Hollywood, and think it means a whit about women and rape, when you still ascribe to a philosophy that does not allow you to scratch a permanent line in the dirt. All you get to say is that you despise Polanski’s behavior except when you do not, if your archives contain anything at all parallel to the above.
Either purge them, recant, and commit yourself to objectivity, or just sign the damned list. Because it’s not like it means anything, anyway.