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Conservatives Analogizing Themselves to Violent Terrorists

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Conservatives Analogizing Themselves to Violent Terrorists"

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Dave Weigel points to a telling op-ed in The Austin American-Statesman by Republican political operative and former Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) Matt Mackowiak:

The coming revolution is akin to “Fight Club,” the 1999 film that follows the struggles of day to day life for a regular guy who starts an underground fight club as radical and not terribly productive psychotherapy.

As Brad Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, says in the movie, “Fight Club was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called Project Mayhem.”

Dave reminds us that Project Mayhem, of course, was the militarization of the Fight Clubs into terrorist cells that blow up banks.

Now I’m not one to begrudge someone a little over-the-top rhetoric. But if you go around analogizing yourself to terrorists, then you don’t get to be shocked and outraged that the Department of Homeland Security might think there will be a problem with fringe members of your organization. I seriously doubt that Mackowiak intends to dynamite any buildings, but that is what he’s saying, and I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if some troubled people wind up taking this kind of talk too literally and hurting themselves or others.

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