[~It’s too nice a day to be that mean.]
Basically, [runaway conspiracy theorizing] – which is my (non-professional**) term for the condition – follows three stages:
- OK, [insert conspiracy theory here] obviously isn’t completely true, but there’s some stuff here that suggests that they have a point.
- [stunned look] My God. It all makes sense, now. This explains every mystery of human society, ever. I was blind before, blind!
- Yeah, it’s all because of the Joooooooooooooooooooooos.
You can function more or less indefinitely at Stage 1, but once you hit Stage 2 it’s really, really difficult to keep from hitting Stage 3. So, anyway… Mark Kleiman. Notably known for taking far too seriously the notion that asking people to show a picture ID when they vote*** is actually a Republican conspiracy. So he’s a high-risk candidate.
And here we go:
UCLA Prof. Mark Kleiman—an expert on drug policy that we’ve praised before—has, like many well-meaning people before him, fallen victim to Jewcentricity. Via the Free Beacon, we came across a blog post of Kleiman’s on the Washington Monthly site telling people with “Jewish sounding names” to write their DC representatives to oppose the Iran sanctions bill in the Senate. Apparently, Kleiman thinks that US Senators and Representatives will count email from “Jewish sounding names” as being so important that it will sway their votes.
Via Instapundit. The Washington Free Beacon has more along these lines, including Kleiman’s apparent obsession with Sheldon Adelson****. Which is why I actually feel kind of bad about Walter Russel Mead; he fairly obviously doesn’t know about this rule of thumb. It is indeed very depressing, Walter. You see the best – for given values of ‘best’ – minds of their generation lost to madness over it…
*I’m talking about him out of nostalgia: he was one of the old school bloggers. Had some promise, but never really went anywhere and never could quite figure out why.
**To put it mildly.
***Amazing how people like Mark Kleiman think that minority voters don’t write checks, buy booze, buy cigarettes, drive, go abroad, open a bank account, or buy decent decongestants. But if I start rolling my eyes at the epistemic closure that’s typically on display by provincials from the Left Coast then I’ll be doing it for the rest of the morning, and I have things to do today.
****Presumably because Adelson once called for the US to drop a nuke on some uninhabited Iranian desert, the better to get Iran’s attention. Which is an argument that I don’t buy, any more than I buy the argument that doing something similar to Japan would have caused the country to surrender in WWII. That last is, I believe, an at least mildly popular delusion among the anti-war crowd; I wonder why Kleiman hasn’t fulminated against it? – Oh, right, Israel.