Talking to Ourselves

found online by Raymond


From Human Voices:

26 dead in Brussels, reads the sign. 26 dead in Newtown. It isn’t something meant to inform us. Close the borders says the rubric. Get used to it says the counterpoint. Forget for the moment that this is a conversation between two straw men, their lines scripted by someone with a purpose — and forget that the death toll in Belgium has escalated beyond that number and is only a small part of a much larger number, this isn’t about accuracy anyway. It’s about energizing the base, giving them something to contemplate with masturbatory self-satisfaction while mocking an opposition created of straw for the purpose. But wait, there’s more.

Focus on the false equivalence.

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