crispus attucks, a science and misogyny sandwich, using hayek to liberal advantagee

fall of attucks and his noble companions march 5,1770

Crispus Attucks was though to be the son of an African slave father and native American mother(Natick Indian). His fall or death was during the Boston Massacre. The protests which lead to his death started as a result of tensions between British soldiers and the locals

As tensions mounted, the atmosphere grew ripe for confrontation. Fiske pointed out that during February of 1870, “an unusual number of personal encounters” had occurred, including the killing of a young boy. Regarding the evening of March 5, 1770, he explained, “Accounts of what happened are as disorderly and conflicting as the incidents which they try to relate.” A barber’s apprentice chided a British soldier for walking away without paying for his haircut. The soldier struck the boy, and news of the offense spread quickly. Groups of angry citizens gathered in various places around town. Someone rang the church bell and such a summons usually meant that a fire had broken out. This night, however, it presaged an explosive situation between the soldiers and the townspeople.

I suggest reading the whole essay. As many of you probably already know John Adams ended up defending the British troops at trial.Defense attorneys have not changed much. In order to try and win his case Adams portrayed Attucks as a trouble maker. For some years after the massacre Boston celebrated “Crispus Attucks Day ” on March 5. So Adams did not succeed in smearing Attuck’s memory with the general public.

black hole

I find the reaction by the Right to this ironic – Bioethicist Bets Bachmann $10,000 She Can’t Find Anyone Who Became ‘Retarded’ From HPV Vaccine. The right-wing Pajamas Media writes – Good Night, Michele. Your Time As A Serious Candidate Is Over.

Michele Bachmann’s former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, suggested that Bachmann should admit that she made a mistake in linking Gardasil to mental retardation, and move on. That was good advice, but Bachmann has rejected it and is now fundraising on junk science. She is also mischaracterizing her initial criticism of Perry on this. She did not lead in the debate with “crony capitalism” or “abuse of power,” but with alarm at the government needle causing 12-year-old girls to come down with mental illness as a side effect of getting immunized from the cancer-causing HPV virus.

[  ]…We have enough junk scientists in politics, with Al Gore leading that clown parade. Bachmann has joined them. It’s time to move on from considering Bachmann as a serious candidate for the presidency. She isn’t. She’s done.

Apparently science is both a buffet and a cudgel to the rabid Right. They get to choose what science they like to beat up one of their own to make Rick Perry look like less of a wacko. Yet, no thanks they’ll skip the overwhelming climate change science thank you very much. You almost need a microscope to tell the difference between Bachmann and Perry’s politics. Bachmann was leading all the conservative polls before Perry entered the race. So the choice was between a female winger and a male winger. Suddenly the Right piles on the loyal female right-wing foot soldier and sees nothing but visions of President Perry. Conservatives have committed far worse public sins than Bachmann and the Right has contorted themselves into new and obscene pretzels defending them. This is thus a deft bit of conservative theatre where science and misogyny become convenient heroes. Unfortunately we have all seen this play before, in the third act the science gets tossed out the window and the misogyny marches on. This is not meant to be a pity party for Bachmann. Of her own free will she signed up for second class citizenship.

In case anyone missed it Paul Krugman uses a libertarian hero against libertarianism – Free to Die

So the freedom to die extends, in practice, to children and the unlucky as well as the improvident. And the right’s embrace of that notion signals an important shift in the nature of American politics.

In the past, conservatives accepted the need for a government-provided safety net on humanitarian grounds. Don’t take it from me, take it from Friedrich Hayek, the conservative intellectual hero, who specifically declared in “The Road to Serfdom” his support for “a comprehensive system of social insurance” to protect citizens against “the common hazards of life,” and singled out health in particular.

Granted no political philosophy is without contradictions and gaps in logic. Though of the easiest games in town to play is quoting one idolized libertarian against another.

*the text in the black and white pic is from a short story by Connie Willis called Schwarzschild Radius.