David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Aug. 08, 2019 1 min read

Material for my eventual essay on whataboutism. One thing to note is the bizarre implicit assumption that if responsibility is equal on both sides, then ... we're fine. We're even. Move on.

In other words, it's not the damage done, or the principle violated, that concerns him, it's *blame*. We need not strive to be good as long as we are no worse than the other side. It's the moral reasoning of a 10yo, focused exclusively on avoiding responsibility or sanction.

Gonna be lots of right-wing whataboutism focused on antifa and environmental extremists in coming weeks. They need to head off the growing consensus that RW terrorism is a unique problem.

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