Quote of the week

Or maybe quiet of the week:

First, a Trump-loving Florida Man sends pipebombs (functional or not) to variety of Democratic politicians and media figures. Yesterday, a Trump-hating anti-Semite murdered 11 people in a synagogue during a bris.

While I’m sure that there will be all sorts of recommendations for how to prevent future tragedies, I’m going to repeat an observation and a prescription I’ve made here more than once. The observation is that in a country of 330 million people there are always going to be a certain number of crazy people and it doesn’t take much to set them off.

The prescription is lower the temperature and it’s addressed to people writing on social media, people writing for major news outlets, politicians, and, particularly, President Trump. Lower the temperature. Express disagreement without rancor, your concerns without heat. Whipping up the crowd may be an effective way of motivating your supporters but it also has consequences you may not foresee.

As Robert Stacy McCain reminds us: Crazy people are dangerous.

2 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    30 October 2018 · 5:50 am

    I also wonder if making less of a deal would help. As he said, reporting the stuff that happens very calmly – but also not giving the people like that the “fame” (which used to be called “notoriety,” and was shunned, at least by normal people) of their names and faces being plastered all over national media.

    I’ve heard lots of other solutions, ranging from turning off sections of the internet to rounding up and incarcerating all the “weird loners,” and in many cases they seem like wholesale solutions that will hurt a lot of otherwise-innocent people. But yeah, a more flat affect in the national discourse – Make America Boring Again? – might actually help.

  2. McGehee »

    30 October 2018 · 6:32 am

    Indeed. A big heapin’ helpin’ of Drama-B-Gone would do wonders for everybody.

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