October 18, 2006
The root cause of bigoted Cultural Tribalism
Glenn Greenwald is now claiming Glenn Reynolds is anti-gay!As it turns out, it was deadly serious. Glenn Greenwald in fact claims that Glenn Reynolds is anti-gay, in a long post which some might dismiss out of hand as unhinged, others as funny, but which I think should be treated at least as seriously as Greenwald's later claim that Republicans who defend gay conservatives against invasions of their privacy are actually anti-gay.
It all sounds complicated, but it isn't. We have only to look at Glenn Reynolds' words and actions, and connect the dots.
Reynolds -- as is so often the case -- is just spouting his own incoherent and deeply irrational thoughts and ugly biases and then pretending to be above them by sitting back analytically and oh-so-knowingly attributing them, with no basis whatsoever, to "voters."Yes, that's exactly what Glenn Reynolds does. And (as Greenwald makes perfectly clear) he doesn't just limit this to anti-gay bigotry; it's the standard modus operandi of virtually everything he does.
To give just one example among many, rather than admit to the damning fact that he puts puppies in blenders, Glenn sits back and slyly demurs -- attributing the remark to others.
Pretty damning, I'd say. How is it that Reynolds has gotten away with it for so long? Why is it that no one caught on until a distinguished New York litigator from Brazil finally figured this out?
Greenwald explains and elaborates:
It isn't "voters" who are making a connection between Mark Foley and the issue of whether gay people are entitled to equal treatment. It's the likes of Glenn Reynolds (cursory support for gay marriage notwithstanding) who are doing that, quite deliberately, in the hope that the old reliable strategy of demonizing gay people will strengthen the cultural tribalism on which they depend and will save them in this election.The logic is quite compelling, and I'll follow it out.
By now it should be painfully obvious that it isn't "voters" who are putting puppies in blenders! It's Glenn himself, in his bizarre tribal ritual. But the pureed puppies are only a warmup act. After he drinks them, he's ready to engage in his daily, foam-flecked frenzy of gay demonization.
A typical scenario follows.....
"I'm pro-sodomy," growls Glenn sarcastically as he wipes the bloody puppy muck from his lips.
Later, asked what he meant, Glenn blames the voters in his typically evasive manner:
(Which translates into "I don't really say I'm actually pro-sodomy, but I'm paraphrasing what I'm imagining the voters say.")
After a brief pause to type another deeply irrational and incoherent post, Glenn grows reflective.
"Fee, fi, fo, fum, bring me my happily married gay couples with closets full of assault weapons!" he cries.
Until Glenn Greenwald's shocking expose, few of the hapless gay victims of this sinister closet realized that the policy Glenn claims to advocate (but attributes to his imaginary "voters") is actually a cryptically cynical neocon plot to massacre all gay couples! That's because according to an overwhelming consensus of social scientists, it is a documented fact that sooner or later, all guns will be used against their owners, and with couples this mathematical certainty rises exponentially until it becomes a double scientific certainty.
Once the gay couples have machine-gunned each other to death, of course, bloodthirsty bigot Reynolds can sneer nonchalantly that "guns don't kill gays; gays kill gays"!
How much more proof of Glenn's genocidal anti-gay bigotry do we need than that? Notice how slick he's being by not openly admitting that he actually favors a massacre of gay couples! Instead, he'll hide behind the "sitting back analytically and oh-so-knowingly attributing them to the voters" routine. (Or he might even try the more sinister approach of quoting himself as having been quoted as saying it before!)
Really, until today I hadn't fully understood Gay Demonization To Strengthen Cultural Tribalism, but I think I now know how it works.
It's simple, really. To activate the process, you have only to disagree with Glenn Greenwald.
UPDATE: I'm not sure how I should interpret the fact that Glenn Reynolds actually linked this post (along with the post that follows), but I should probably thank him before he has me tracked down and massacred by his vigilante squad of right wing extremists.
An equally cautious welcome to everyone!
MORE: I just remembered another reason to be afraid -- be very afraid -- of Glenn Reynolds.
This sneaky process is called "double reverse outing" and it's another example of how dangerous right-wing extremists like Reynolds are far more treachous than their counterparts on the left.
posted by Eric on 10.18.06 at 05:37 PM
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