Follow-up: On Breitbart
I was initially too stunned by the news to do much more than note Andrew’s passing. Now that some time has passed, though, let me say this: Andrew lived professionally to expose the Left’s smug blind spots to its own hatreds and bigotries — to problematize progressives’ own self-perpetuated (and self-delusional) narrative of their own moral, cultural, and intellectual superiority.
And judging by the early reactions to his death from many of the self-styled paragons of moral and civic virtue — those who consistently carp about “fairness” while agitating for the government’s thumb on every scale; those who clamor for “tolerance” even as they isolate dissent from leftist cant into “free speech zones,” when they tolerate it at all; those who speak of rights and freedoms while moving to compel others to do precisely as they dictate; and those who talk about compassion and “social justice” while they reduce their ideological challengers to the status of vermin — his death may be, when all is said and done, one of the greatest performatives of his life’s late thesis.
Rest in peace, brother. We’ll continue to carry the sword for you. It’s the least we can do.