The Atlantic's firing of Kevin Williamson elicited howls of protest from National Review writers. But then I remembered Derbyshire's Defenestration of a few years ago.
Methinks there should be less howling and more examination of conscience among the boy-tie boys.
The Left is inimical to free speech and open inquiry. They are deeply and diversely destructive as I document on a daily basis. The pushback of establishment conservatives, however, is a weak and timorous thing.
But who can blame them? They have a good thing going and they are eager to protect their privileges and perquisites. They want to be liked and they want to be respected. So they self-censor. They need to be more manly and martial and less conciliatory.
But courage is the hardest of the virtues. Its display can cost you your friends, your livelihood, and your life.
Thinking about this, I guessed that others have engaged the topic in greater detail than I care to. I guessed right. Here is one such effort.