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January 10, 2013

"The US these days rolls in passive aggression.

The country grows daily more mean-spirited, more wrapped in a miasma of diffuse anger, but you still can't just go up to a child and hit him with a ball bat, or throw acid in his face.

No. Instead you find a smugly righteous way to set him back two years in school, thus making him into a guaranteed social misfit. How very…I don't think “intelligent” is an adequate word. Perhaps “sublime” is better. Or “supernal.”
As tensions grow in America, as divisions flourish, and the nation leads up to something unseen but ugly, prissy vindictiveness and moral sadism become normal. We have become a gotcha culture, watchful for transgressions meaningless but forbidden, so that we can make the malfeasor squirm. How we enjoy the squirming, the writhing on camera, the heavy punishments inflected for nothing." --Lunatics to the Left, Lunatics to the Right, and Not a Drop to Drink by Fred Reed

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 10, 2013 7:33 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Post-Sandy Hook, school administrators should actually start getting fired for this crap. At the bare minimum.

Posted by: Rich Fader at January 10, 2013 1:29 PM

"the heavy punishments inflected for nothing"
The modification from singular to plural does awaken a certain sense of foreboding.

Posted by: Daniel K Day at January 10, 2013 9:58 PM