Ed Driscoll

Identity Suicide is Painless, It Brings on Many Changes

“Because of a right-blogosphere campaign to silence me, I have been forced to commit Identity Suicide. I have never supported or advocated violence for any purpose other than self-defense against terror attacks by the armed wing of the American Right….”

I love the ellipses at the end — I wonder what further thoughts about those imagined “terror attacks” they lead to.

Related: Althouse: “I really do feel sorry for these young people who screw up their internet reputation.”

Meanwhile Ace explains why the left makes their threats so personal:

The left likes talking about particular people, making particularized threats, because you can’t really threaten an amorphous group like the Tea Party. Well, you can, but no particular person in the Tea Party will be strongly alarmed by the treat, being that it would be a generalized sort of blanket threat.But you can threaten individuals and penalize their participation in the political process by physically harming them, threatening such harm, or just conducting general terror campaigns against them. You only need to suggest the possibility of violence — or creepy, stalker-ish watching — to take away a person’s usual feeling of basic safety.

So I don’t think the Koch brothers are being attacked, personally, just to gin up counter-fundraising on the left. I think they’re being attacked, and threatened, in order to drive them from the public square entirely, and even more importantly, to let the next high-profile donor know in no uncertain terms: This could happen to you.

Maybe it’s just best to let liberals get their way, eh? Otherwise — shame if something happened.

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