Thursday, September 22, 2016


Glenn Reynolds stepped over the line last night:
Conservative USA Today columnist and University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds caused an uproar on Twitter when he urged motorists to drive over protesters blocking a highway in North Carolina.

Run them down,” Reynolds, who also produces the Instapundit website, tweeted late Wednesday with an image of the protesters on I-277.

Twitter suspended the account....
Wow, nobody could have foreseen that Reynolds would tweet something like this, given his past writings:
On the other hand, it’s also true that if democracy can’t work in Iraq, then we should probably adopt a “more rubble, less trouble” approach to other countries in the region that threaten us.
Or this, which suggested that the U.S. might have to commit genocide in the Middle East because we'd simply have no choice:
Civilized societies have found it harder, though, to beat the barbarians without killing all, or nearly all, of them. Were it really to become all-out war of the sort that Osama and his ilk want, the likely result would be genocide -- unavoidable, and provoked, perhaps, but genocide nonetheless, akin to what Rome did to Carthage, or to what Americans did to American Indians. That’s what happens when two societies can’t live together, and the weaker one won’t stop fighting -- especially when the weaker one targets the civilians and children of the stronger. This is why I think it’s important to pursue a vigorous military strategy now. Because if we don’t, the military strategy we’ll have to follow in five or ten years will be light-years beyond “vigorous.”
And then there's this:
North Korea fires artillery barrage on South. If they start anything, I say nuke ’em. And not with just a few bombs. They’ve caused enough trouble -- and it would be a useful lesson for Iran, too.
And this, which Reynolds posted gleefully on 9/11, when the rest of us were in a state of shock:
GEORGE BUSH IS NOW THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD: People always say that about Presidents, of course, but usually it's only notionally true. Now, if he wants to nuke Baghdad, there is nobody to say him nay -- and damned few who would want to.
Reynolds has aways been bloodthirsty -- in his prime, mybe he was more eliminationist toward foreigners, but the tendency has always been there. The surprise now is that he faced even a mild consequence for his bloodlust.

(Links via Little Green Footballs, Orcinus, and Glenn Greenwald.)


Donna said...

Is UT like Liberty "University" -- just a right wing, nut job indoctrination camp for kids -- or is it a real school? If it's real, why does he still have a job? I understand the USA Today gig -- they're like Fox in Print.

Victor said...

Sadly, he's not the only one out there.

Btw - will he or UT pay for the lawyers who will be needed for the loons who decide to follow his dicktat's (sic)?

Karl Kirchoff said...

White guy openly incites mass murder -- Twitter account suspended.
Black guy's car breaks down -- executed in the middle of the road.

Seems legit.

CF2K said...

Hate has a new / old face.

Tom Hilton said...

More rubble sure made Syria a lot less troublesome, didn't it?

Unknown said...

Well I would assume he thinks of the protestors as being foreign as well so it's all of piece.

Again interesting - Man advocates the violent death of protestors and has his twitter account suspended. Other man kneels during the national anthem before the start of a game and folks are burning his shirt, demanding the team fire him, his corporate endorsement contracts be canceled et al.

This country has gone mad hasn't it?

The New York Crank said...

Help me out here because I'm confused. Is Donald Trump inhabiting the body of Glenn Reynolds? Or is Glenn Reynolds inhabiting the body of Donald Trump?

Yours crankily,
The New York Crank

Philo Vaihinger said...

A bit repulsive, using the word "eliminationist" for someone who does not urge but foresees genocide as a result of endless warfare intentionally targeting civilians, women, and children, between a more powerful and less powerful society.

Using that word equates Reynolds with Hitler and what Reynolds foresees with what Hitler chose.

Reynolds could, by the way, have selected other examples.

The Hurons wiped out the Erie Indians, for instance. And the Iriquois wiped out the Hurons.

I forget who wiped out the Mohicans.

Genocide has been surprisingly common, throughout history.

But rarely as gratuitous as Hitler's choice to exterminate the Jews or as anachronistic as his plan to do to the Eastern Slavs what the Spartans did to the Helots.

jsrtheta said...

Reynolds has always been an abomination.

And a crap scholar. I pity his students, for all they'll have to unlearn.

Fearguth said...

"Stop interrupting when Glenn Harlan Beauregard Cletus T. Cornpone Reynolds is speaking!"

KenRight said...

If there is a moral to your story it is that Reynolds wasted so much of his energy supporting the Elitist of the Empire's debilitating wars when his own nation was splitting from within.

jsrtheta said...

@KenRight: You have certainly proved you know nothing about the guy. Or the point.

Lit3Bolt said...

@ Donna

Don't talk smack about UT. Right-wingers are like never know where they're going to land and infect.