The latest incident in which liberal white Westerners ignore obvious Third-World dangers and get themselves killed
(Note, Oct. 7: Clark Coleman explains the Hartley’s risky behavior as an outcome of the liberal psychology.)
Karl D. writes:
I just saw Tiffany Hartley—the widow of David Hartley who was shot in the head by Mexican pirates on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border—being interviewed on Fox News. While crying her eyes out, she explained that the couple knew the risk of going over to the Mexican side of the lake, but she said that their motto in life was “No fear.”LA writes:
Here is full coverage of the incident at the Mail. The Hartleys, who have been married for eight years and were high school sweethearts, were jet skiing (I don’t know what that is) on Falcon Lake. A gang of bandits attacked them in three boats and shot David in the back of the head. Tiffany tried to rescue her husband by pulling him onto her jet ski, but the bandits were shooting at her too, and she faced the agonizing choice of being killed along with her husband or fleeing for her life.
David M. writes:
A jet ski is a form of water transport. It houses a small but powerful motor. One stands or sits upon it, and grips a control handle for steering and operating the throttle. I have never ridden such a craft, but they look like they can be one heck of a lot of fun. Ridden in a sane manner they are great, but as with anything, there are selfish folks with them who cause nuisance for others.Karen writes from England:
You have a huge collection of these incidents on your website now. You could almost write a book of them, but they all share the same characteristic. Reckless behaviour by whites. There is almost a death wish about these white people who persistently put themselves into dangerous situations and they seem to get some sort of kick out of taking these risks. It is as though they have to keep pushing the boundaries and take greater and greater risks with Third World places and peoples. Mexico is lawless, like most of the Caribbean, and yet this couple take off unprotected on a lake with nothing more than a jet ski making them sitting ducks for the pirates.October 7
Clark Coleman writes:
Given that radical individual autonomy is central to liberalism, and we must not accept any limitations on our autonomy, we must all adopt the “No Fear” mantra like all good liberals. To avoid certain neighborhoods, to decide not to ride your bike through the worst neighborhood in New Orleans at 2:00 a.m., not to cross over to the Mexican side of the lake, to cross the street to avoid a gang of thuggish looking young men, is publicly to admit fear and to admit that your freedoms are limited by external forces beyond your control. Thus, you are no longer a self-defining, fully autonomous individual who can define your own existence however you want it to be.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 05, 2010 09:50 AM | Send