Thursday, November 04, 2004

In defense of incivility

I'm not saying all the reactionary liberal blogging that's been going on has been the most healthy or productive way to vent, but there are issues here worth getting angry about, and anger is political expression. Without "Act Up" there might be as many people in the U.S. who dying from AIDS as in Africa. It's like reaching a compromise with your lover: They have to know how hurtful you find something before they'll budge on something they see as important to them. Reasoned discourse has its limits, as I think this election illustrates nicely. You think we should proceed directly from offering argument to raising rifles? Then again, I guess that is sort of the Bush administration's foreign policy.

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