Today’s Tom Woods Letter, which all the influential people receive every weekday. Be one of them.
I’m pretty hard on the left, yet I can’t help but wonder: were they always this nutty?
I want you to read something written by a senior editor at ThinkProgress, the left-wing thought-control site funded by George Soros.
You really need to read this.
This afternoon, I had a plumber over to my apartment to fix a clogged drain. He was a perfectly nice guy and a consummate professional. But he was also a middle-aged white man with a southern accent who seemed unperturbed by this week’s news. And while I had him in the apartment, I couldn’t stop thinking about whether he had voted for Trump, whether he knew my last name is Jewish, and how that knowledge might change the interaction we were having inside my own home. I have no real reason to believe he was a Trump supporter or an anti-Semite but in my uncertainty I couldn’t shake the sense of potential danger. I was rattled for some time after he left.
I’m very privileged insofar as this sense of danger is unfamiliar to me. And I know I felt it much less acutely than a lot of other people right now. I’m still a straight, white guy who can phenotypically pass for gentle. Plus my first name is pretty WASP-y.
But today was a reminder that ambiguous social interactions now feel unsafe and unpredictable in a way that never did before. And even if Trump is gone in four years, I don’t expect to ever reclaim that feeling of security. That’s just one more thing you voted for, if you voted for him.
Now some people have had perfectly crushing replies to this, such as: substitute “black” for “white,” and imagine if the guy would get away with this.
But on a much more fundamental level, this whole passage is simply crazy and bizarre. On the basis of absolutely nothing — seriously, nothing at all, except wild, fact-free leftist speculation about a politician — this guy lives in fear of the plumber.
Does he reproach himself for having this bizarre, fact-free fear of the plumber? Is he concerned that he himself may have begun to stereotype people, which according to him is the world’s greatest sin?
I leave these questions to you as an exercise.