Alinsky rule #4

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”  Now in play in the comments at Andrew Gelman’s website where he discusses proposed EPA rules on open data.  Some commenters are upset.  “It also puts many of us in the position of arguing against open data policies in order to support better policy-making. As I said, it is unfortunate that this issue has been set up this way. I’d prefer to support open data AND support EPA research based on the best data they have available, even if it cannot be publicly released.” [my emphasis]


I liked what mockturtle said

The context is a comment justifying, or possibly justifying, aborting Down’s syndrome babies because of expected poor quality of life.  “Female infanticide could be justified by the statistical probability that she might end up in an abusive relationship or be subject to sexual harassment. Black infanticide because he/she could be subject to racism. By all means, let’s apply the ‘compassion’ argument to usher in all kinds of well-meaning measures on behalf of those without a voice.”


Found here

in response to this

NY Times ready for violence

Or at least Wil Haygood, NY Times bestselling author and reporter, is.  “I say to the bad people, the bad actors in this country, to those that support the Nazi movement and the white supremacy movement, I say to them, we are coming … We are coming to stop you because we got Rosa Parks at our back. We are coming to stop you because we have Trayvon Martin at our back. . . . We will meet you at the barricades. We will meet you on the highways.  We will meet you on the roadways.  We will meet you in the alleys. This is a two-party government, a two-party political system.  We win at the ballot box, not by violence.  We’re not like them.” [my emphasis].


Found in the University of Dayton Magazine, Spring 2018, page 12.


They call it a parody.  I call it illustrative.  David Hogg’s speech at the recent rally with Adolf Hitler dubbed in.

Echoing down to the latest generation

The speaker is Abraham Lincoln. “When someone asked if he had ever doubted the North’s final victory he shot back, ‘Never for a moment.’  He quoted Seward, saying ‘that there was always just enough virtue in this republic to save it; sometimes none to spare, but still enough to meet the emergency, and he agreed with Mr. Seward in this view.”

From the outstanding Grant, by Ron Chernow, page 479.  Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Seward’s sentiment applies today.