Mangan replies to my attack on Alt-Right
James P. writes:
Another festival of Israel-bashing and Auster-bashing commences at Mangans.Expatriot writes (June 3):
Of the 34 comments posted at Mangan’s at the time I checked, 12 were fully supportive of Israel’s actions and only 5 were at all critical. There were 7 references to you, 5 supportive and 2 critical. Most of the critical comments are civil and in no way qualify as bashing.LA replies:
Thank you for this information. I’ve replaced the original title of this entry, which had two possible meanings, one of which appears to have been more contentious than was warranted.
David I. writes:
Alternative Right talks about Israel again. Is this anti-Semitic?LA replies:
As little as I want to, I’ll read it soon and get back to you.Allan Wall writes:
James P. writes:
Certain of your readers have noted that the Mangans thread is not 100% anti-Israel or anti-Auster. I don’t agree that the comments have to be uniformly anti-Israel/Auster in order to constitute a festival of Israel-bashing and Auster-bashing. It is inevitable that both sides would be drawn into the debate, as they were in previous Mangans Israel/Auster posts, as a lot of people read both blogs. Nevertheless, Mangan’s opening remarks in the post, in which he criticizes you and endorses so-called conservatives “who harshly criticize Israel,” were a clear invitation for commenters to indulge in Auster-bashing and Israel-bashing. I see that a lot of the usual suspects—Svigor, Richard Hoste, Tanstaafl—have accepted the invitation.LA replies:
This is a repeat of a problem that occurred before, when I posted a comment by you pointing to a Mangan thread but hadn’t read it myself. After various things Mangan has said about me over the last year I wrote him off, I don’t care to read him and analyze his discussions. Also, while Mangan lacks a coherent view of the world, as he himself admits, he does have a lot of foxiness, and he uses it to send out contradictory messages and protect himself from being pinned down. So in addition to my having no desire to read and analyze Mangan’s statements, I also feel that it’s not worth the trouble to analyze him, though on occasion it may be necessary.LA continues:
Here is an example of how anti-Semitism has a privileged position within the paleocon world. A few years ago, Randall Parker of Parapundit and I were on good terms, emailed each other regularly, and occasionally commented at each other’s sites. Then in a discussion at his site about Lewis Libby, I stated my position that Libby should have been pardoned, as the special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s case against him was an outrage from start to finish. A commenter said that I had this position because as a “jew,” lower case, I automatically sided with Libby, who is a Jew. Parker then pointed out why the commenter’s reasoning was mistaken. He was polite to him and didn’t criticize his gross anti-Semitism; he only pointed to the logical flaws in his argument. When I mentioned this to Parker, he said that he could not criticize the commenter for his anti-Semitism because many of his readers would not like that.
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