Not Saussure

April 23, 2007

if the world were organised according to my political views, this tragedy would never have happened.

Filed under: Politics, press — notsaussure @ 5:10 pm

I missed this when Boing Boing reproduced an extract from an article originally written about 9/11, in the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech last week:

Many people will use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to put through a political agenda other than my own. This tawdry abuse of human suffering for political gain sickens me to the core of my being. Those people who have different political views from me ought to be ashamed of themselves for thinking of cheap partisan point-scoring at a time like this. In any case, what this tragedy really shows us is that, so far from putting into practice political views other than my own, it is precisely my political agenda which ought to be advanced.Not only are my political views vindicated by this terrible tragedy, but also the status of my profession. Furthermore, it is only in the context of a national and international tragedy like this that we are reminded of the very special status of my hobby, and its particular claim to legislative protection. My religious and spiritual views also have much to teach us about the appropriate reaction to these truly terrible events.

Countries which I like seem to never suffer such tragedies, while countries which, for one reason or another, I dislike, suffer them all the time. The one common factor which seems to explain this has to do with my political views, and it suggests that my political views should be implemented as a matter of urgency, even though they are, as a matter of fact, not implemented in the countries which I like.

I wonder if the author has thought of licensing it to Talk is Cheap Comment is Free, who could probably find a use for it most weeks.



  1. The article in question was written by Dan Davies (dsquared), who amusingly now writes for CiF himself…

    Comment by john b — April 24, 2007 @ 11:22 am

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