Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sandwichman Denies Fraternizing with the Ghost of Joe McCarthy

premise 1: X criticizes Y
premise 2: Z criticizes Y
conclusion: X is "in league with" Z
Let's be more specific:

Sandwichman likes Harold Rosenberg's critique of party Marxism.
Joe McCarthy was also a critic of Marxism.
Therefore Sandwichman is "in league with" McCarthyism.

By the same token, of course, anyone who objected to Sandwichman's tacit alliance with McCarthy could be accused of being "in league with" that other Joe.

It's all so complex.

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