Despite the grave damage to my ego from her not mentioning or linking to my long piece on the subject, I recommend this from @onesarahjones on conundrum conservative writers post to mainstream outlets. https://newrepublic.com/article/147667/conservative-columnist-conundrum …
"This isn’t an intellectual exercise, not really. It’s equivalent to a middle school boy snapping a female classmate’s bra strap." Precisely.
There is really no more pathetic specimen of human than the blustery white male who thinks being an asshole is brave & nonconformist.
For the record, here's my piece on the same subject, which draws more or less the same conclusion. If you want to represent contemporary conservative thought, you print a bunch of trolling-the-libs. That's what remains. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/15/17113176/new-york-times-opinion-page-conservatism …
And here, @JHWeissmann also addresses the Williamson hire, in a column that is also good in most ways save its failure to link to me: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/the-atlantics-bad-reasons-for-hiring-kevin-williamson.html …
Despite what @JeffreyGoldberg & others seem to think, Never Trumpers are really not *that* interesting. Nor do they have any power or sway w/in the conservative coalition. All they are is a totem that some conservatives cling to as evidence that All Is Not Lost. But all is.
This classic from @amandataub also seems relevant today: https://www.vox.com/2015/1/28/7930845/political-correctness-doesnt-exist …
I ask you to imagine the editor of a conservative mag - NR, say, or the Federalist - hiring a liberal columnist because their readers need exposure to intellectual diversity. And not just a liberal columnist, but an *extreme* leftist who has, say, proposed executing rich ppl.
Imagine the editor of this conservative mag arguing that the leftist, despite some ill-advised, even repugnant views, deserves a "second chance" -- though the leftist has not renounced or apologized for a single thing.
I mean ... is there a more arid intellectual monocrop than right-wing media in the US today?
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