Tuesday, January 6, 2009

This-ism, that-ism, ism-ism

There's something about this must read post from Lisa Goldman. Although it doesn't shirk away from it in places, it's not about condemning people. It's what peace activism means to be before peaceniks become -ismists. The problem I've been having with so many of the protests has been the sense that protesters get a thrill out of damning wide swaths of people to Hell. That's not pacifism or peacefulness of any kind, and that's why it's entirely imbricated with the car bomb driven into a Jewish synagogue in France or the shooting in Denmark or too, too many other self-righteous hate crimes.

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