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Thursday, April 05, 2018

A negative asset

What goes around comes around. The truth about the dysfunctional, downscale writer Kevin Williamson is that he deserves to die. Economically, he is a negative asset.
Conservative commentator Kevin Williamson was fired from The Atlantic, just weeks after being hired, the magazine told TheWrap.

“Kevin is a gifted writer, and he has been nothing but professional in all of our interactions. But I have come to the conclusion that The Atlantic is not the best fit for his talents, and so we are parting ways,” said editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg in an email to staff on Thursday.

In his memo, obtained by TheWrap, Goldberg explained that Williamson was being terminated over his views on abortion, which have come to wide attention in recent days.

“Late yesterday afternoon, information came to our attention that has caused us to reconsider this relationship. Specifically, the subject of one of Kevin’s most controversial tweets was also a centerpiece of a podcast discussion in which Kevin explained his views on the subject of the death penalty and abortion,” wrote Goldberg.
Williamson even appears to have been fired despite lacking the courage to stand by his previous convictions. There was no "errant tweet", as the podcast footage subsequently demonstrated. So, who led Jeffrey Goldberg to believe that there was? Did he come up with that on his own, or was that an excuse that was given to him?
While Goldberg himself once trumpeted Williamson’s hire from the National Review, the writer immediately drew outrage — particularly over a tweet in which he argued that women who had had an abortion should face the death penalty. Williamson defenders — and Goldberg himself — had argued that his career should not be judged on an errant tweet.
Some on the Right still don't get it. The Left is not fixable. The time for worrying about "the heckler's veto" is long past. There is no public square anymore because there is no common ground. The Left is fighting a cultural war by any means necessary, and even if you're not willing to do the same, it is reprehensibly foolish to expect them to do otherwise, much less mend their ways for fear of handwringing moderate right-wingers following through on ominously implied threats which they are manifestly unwilling to even articulate.

And we are supposed to imagine what happens to us in light of Williamson's rapid ejection from The Atlantic? Where have you been for the last ten years? We don't have to imagine anything. We've already experienced it.

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67 Comments:

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales April 05, 2018 6:24 PM  

"The truth about the dysfunctional, downscale writer Kevin Williamson is that he deserves to die. Economically, he is a negative asset."

Ohohohoho... I was wondering what happened to that cuck traitor. Ahhh... the screams of one's enemies make quite the pick-me up on a lazy Thursday.

Blogger pyrrhus April 05, 2018 6:35 PM  

Williamson is, stylistically, a fine writer...Unfortunately, his hatred for his father and the white working class has left him as a "man without a country." As he just found out, the left is strictly for parrots.

Blogger Arthur Isaac April 05, 2018 6:37 PM  

They're all done flirting with the idea that they hold the majority opinion through the power of moral superiority aren't they? They revert to the stomping boot in the face as a tactic as soon as popular opposition showed up.

Blogger Amy April 05, 2018 6:37 PM  

The Left is not fixable.

And this makes me sad, for I know on which side of the dividing line I will be. I

Matthew 10:34-36, Douay Rheims.

I have many family and friends who formerly or never professed. And I have seen for years that I must separate from them, and it is hard to do. Would that they could come with me.

But I have my own family to look after, and they come first. Always.

Wheat and chaff is easy in terms of plant matter. Human matter, much more painful, though as necessary.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 05, 2018 6:45 PM  

Battle lines become clearer

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 05, 2018 6:47 PM  

This really does tickle me. It would have been better if Goldberg had sent Williamson's family a bill for the link slip.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 05, 2018 6:52 PM  

Ironically the tweet was pure conservative posturing. Kevin would die of fright if the Left 's legitimacy was threatened. Then who would he pose against?

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener April 05, 2018 6:52 PM  

This is what happens when you piss off everyone.

OpenID markstoval April 05, 2018 6:53 PM  

Truly the left is not fixable as Vox points out.

The leftist lives in a world of magic where just wishing everyone came into the world totally equal makes it so. They do believe we all come into the world with the same IQ and only racism, bigotry, bad parents, or other excuse stops us all from being at 130 or whatever.

Jesus, Joseph, and Mary there is no way to deal with these lunatics. They believe the most outlandish horse manure and then call us anti-science!!

They believe "global warming" makes it colder! Dear God, why did you make these people?

Oh well, you fight these evil bastards or you watch western civilization die. And the ensuing dark age may never end.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd April 05, 2018 7:01 PM  

He can go apply to work at Wal-Mart.
Maybe he should leave New York, so he can go where the jobs are.

The libertarianism/Friedman fetish needs to die. Capitalism is the best economic system, and the only one I want to live in, but there is more to culture than economics.
I would much rather live in socialist Iceland than in anarchic Haiti, even though the latter is totally free of regulations. Capitalist Iceland would be best, but that option isn't available in this hypothetical scenario.

Tribe, kin, family, faith, heritage, tradition, are all important, and Williamson apparently sees those as obstacles to economic freedom. It's all fake virtue signaling, though. If the nation followed through with his chamber of commerce GOPe ideology, he would immediately become a leftist and cower before the underclass mob.

Blogger Quilp April 05, 2018 7:02 PM  

Williamson will just have to pack up his typewriter in a uhaul and move it to wherever the globalist society he has written in favor of will have him. I wish him nothing but future unemployment, struggle, hardship and perhaps even poverty. Welcome to the world you helped create, Kev.

Blogger tz April 05, 2018 7:06 PM  

Ah, the joy when a #NeverTrump cuck gets impaled...
@10 We need to start a GoFundMe so he can rent a U-Haul

Blogger tz April 05, 2018 7:09 PM  

Jeffery, Johnah, (((Goldberg))), I confuse giraffes with whales. I need to clarify.

Blogger tz April 05, 2018 7:11 PM  

The left is fixable. But only in the sense insects are "fixed" in amber.

Blogger D. April 05, 2018 7:12 PM  

add another skull to the collection:

Whelp, the Trump Effect hits again

http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/04/whelp-trump-effect-hits-again.html

Blogger Peaceful Poster April 05, 2018 7:13 PM  

Jonah Goldberg and David Frum, both notorious (((nevertrumpers))), are running The Atlantic right into the ground.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 05, 2018 7:22 PM  

Don Surber: Doing God's work.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 05, 2018 7:24 PM  

Don't forget Bill Goldberg, tz.

Blogger Looking Glass April 05, 2018 7:25 PM  

@16 Peaceful Poster

Hasn't been anything to save about The Atlantic in a long, long time.

As for Kevin, when I saw this on the feeds, I laughed. It was obvious it was coming because the Left has no spine for any dissent. Thus, when there was "controversy" the instant he was hired, the end result was an utter given. Beyond the Left being "jack boots, all the time", talk about utterly spineless all around among the Media Class. Goldberg was told to find a way to fire Kevin by his boss probably the day he was hired.

So, this is also useful. It's a bright dividing line in the media space. If you don't tow the entire line, you have no place among the dinner party set. Period.

Blogger tz April 05, 2018 7:25 PM  

Atlantic, or the submerged Atlantis? Without the sorrow over lost culture. Just say Noah.

Blogger tz April 05, 2018 7:28 PM  

It is no longer the "Hecker's Veto" when it involves rocks, bike-locks, acid, pepper spray, tactical maglights, or worse.
Violence isn't heckling (yes, I know the left says words are violent, like a spell, but we should then burn antifa a witches).

Blogger #7139 April 05, 2018 7:29 PM  

It is good to see that there is some justice in this world, after all. Even better if Kevin becomes as bad off as the people he despises.

Blogger Pseudotsuga April 05, 2018 7:29 PM  

I remain shocked...shocked, I tell you!..that any result other than this was expected.
There can be no more appeal to being the nice guy -- if they use poison gas then expect us to take the higher road, we are more the fools. There can be no quarter given-- which reminds me of this, posted over at Ace of Spades blog:
Lindsay Shephard: Goodbye to the Left

Blogger Brick Hardslab April 05, 2018 7:30 PM  

How do you prevent the left from arising again when we beat them or get chased from our own country?

Are they like the poor, always with us, or is there something we can do to ensure they never try to destroy civilization again?

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 05, 2018 7:35 PM  

Progressives are artifacts of human nature, so yes they will always be with us.

Blogger Looking Glass April 05, 2018 7:37 PM  

@24 Brick Hardslab

They're ideological descendants of Plato and many other cults & mystery religions. They're here until the end of time, but that doesn't mean they can't be ruthlessly suppressed.

Blogger Crew April 05, 2018 7:45 PM  

Unverified but just heard from a co-worker that he got a message from a friend saying there has been a shooting at Twitter in San Fran!

Blogger Ahärôwn April 05, 2018 7:53 PM  

Pseudotsuga wrote:There can be no quarter given-- which reminds me of this, posted over at Ace of Spades blog:

Lindsay Shephard: Goodbye to the Left

Yeah, I saw that yesterday - she's not right wing yet, even by Canadian standards, but that whole incident was a massive red pill for her.

People are being forced to choose, whether they want to or not.

Blogger Ahärôwn April 05, 2018 7:53 PM  

*formatting

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 05, 2018 7:54 PM  

Shooting at Twitter:

HAHAHA

Blogger tz April 05, 2018 7:56 PM  

@24, you need continual quarantine or exile. Something like cheese that will get moldy where you just have to discard such.

Blogger tz April 05, 2018 7:57 PM  

@27 "Pull!"

Blogger Crew April 05, 2018 7:57 PM  

Nope. Seems it was this article:

http://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/police-seek-man-who-allegedly-stole-guns-threatened-to-kill-people-officers-in-san-francisco/1103131864

More examples of how things are distorted.

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey April 05, 2018 7:58 PM  

Kevin is a fool and a jerk. I had an encounter with him. Went horribly. He’s not only a fool and a jerk, it turns out, but also one with a chorus of sycophants who are even more foolish and even bigger jerks.

And, even worse, he’s devoutly committed to his brand despite the obvious and overwhelming evidence of human wreckage that his stubborn philosophy justifies.

He’s worse than Pangloss.

Blogger Robert Divinity April 05, 2018 8:00 PM  

It's almost a pitch-perfect thing that Williamson's first and only Atlantic column attacked his former employer, National Review.

Blogger Paradox April 05, 2018 8:06 PM  

Bwahahaha! Couldn’t have happened to a better asshat.

Blogger Cubby8126 April 05, 2018 8:09 PM  

Time for an apology tour. Get your popcorn

Blogger Robert Browning April 05, 2018 8:18 PM  

My gut tells me, Goldbergs wife made the decision. Pamela Reeves, Goldbergs wife must have lost her temper.

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2018 8:28 PM  

> Kevin Williamson is a guy with bills and responsibilities. He needs an income like most everyone else in this world.

Yeah. Strange, so do the people in those "dysfunctional, downscale communities" Kevin Williamson thinks deserve to die.

Frankly, if Kevin Williamson were diagnosed tomorrow with a terminal illness that ensured he would die a slow, extremely painful death I'd laugh. He deserves nothing more.

> Dear God, why did you make these people?

He didn't. It takes years of molding by the adversary and his tools to craft them into what they are.

> Don Surber: Doing God's work.

He lives in Almost Heaven. Who else would he be working for? He's also therefore well acquainted with those people Williamson wishes dead. I doubt he took kindly to the article.

Incidentally, for those who haven't read it, here's the original article we're all quoting: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2016/03/28/father-f-hrer/

The money line is in the next to last paragraph.

Blogger Paradox April 05, 2018 8:36 PM  

I hope he has to move his ass to China to find a job.

Blogger Robert Divinity April 05, 2018 8:42 PM  

This just gets better:

"On the Cowardly Firing of Kevin Williamson
By David French"

Maybe they can split the UHaul bill.

Blogger Zaklog the Great April 05, 2018 8:51 PM  

Unfortunately, I don't currently have any career skills which I could use to make myself anti-fragile. Anyone have suggestions for such skills which an intelligent guy could learn in the course of a couple of years to set himself up so?

Blogger Zaklog the Great April 05, 2018 8:53 PM  

@4 Amy

I feel that pain as well. My sister, who was once my closest family member, appears to have chosen her leftist politics over me. And I don't know what I could honestly say or do to mend that rift. I mean, I know what I could dishonestly say, but that's not a road I'm willing to tread.

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2018 8:57 PM  

> Anyone have suggestions for such skills which an intelligent guy could learn in the course of a couple of years to set himself up so?

Do you have the physical skills to become an electrician, plumber, or auto mechanic? Those skills will let you work almost anywhere.

Blogger BlowMe April 05, 2018 9:15 PM  

@12 tz

Hopefully it will be an airborne Uhaul.

With a faulty engine.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 05, 2018 9:18 PM  

Zaklog,

If you are truly great (like me) you will go into oil and gas sales. Instrumentation, analyzers, metering and control equipment.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2018 9:33 PM  

I'm looking forward to the day KRW is living under a tarp beside the freeway in NYC, sucking d!ck for fentanyl and shitting in a bucket. Maybe then he'll be human again.

OpenID genkong April 05, 2018 10:05 PM  

pyrrhus wrote:

Williamson is, stylistically, a fine writer ... Unfortunately, his hatred for his father and the white working class has left him as a "man without a country." As he just found out, the left is strictly for parrots.

Excellent summary, except for (maybe) the fine writer part. I'm not a writer myself though so I'll leave any assessment of his skills and talents to others. I've never been impressed with his writing myself. It's hard for me to see much of anything there beneath the undying hatred for his father and his own people. Williamson is like the bit actor in C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce, there's nothing there but the demon at the end.

OpenID genkong April 05, 2018 10:09 PM  

He can go apply to work at Wal-Mart.

Heh. He could end up sticking shelves with cheap Chinese toxic crap alongside Darren Wilson, formerly of the Fergudishu Police Dept.

Blogger Crew April 05, 2018 10:49 PM  

Perhaps Mary Beard knows who the incurable British Romantic is, or at least, his skin color:

http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/381858-super-gonorrhea-threat-its-a-public-health-crisis-that-is-on-the-horizon

OpenID simplytimothy April 05, 2018 11:00 PM  

Garbut is calling

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 05, 2018 11:11 PM  

Kevin is a selfish man, but perhaps he can overcome this character fault starting by offering a more sincere apology to the pro abortion people

Blogger Wynn Lloyd April 05, 2018 11:17 PM  

Ha!
I could see Wilson working in the Garden Center. Loss prevention would be too risky. Maybe Williamson will get put in the pharmacy, so he can finally get some needed help.

OpenID simplytimothy April 06, 2018 12:12 AM  

The Atlantic NR's KDR

Blogger CoolHand April 06, 2018 12:44 AM  

Zaklog the Great wrote:Unfortunately, I don't currently have any career skills which I could use to make myself anti-fragile. Anyone have suggestions for such skills which an intelligent guy could learn in the course of a couple of years to set himself up so?

Learn to weld.

Buy a multi-process machine that will let you stick and TIG weld, then learn to use it well (start with stick, and don't move on to TIG until you can make a good bead with a stick electrode in any position).

Buy a torch and regulator set and rent a set of oxygen & acetylene bottles. Learn to gas weld and cut steel with a torch.

The gas welding will actually help you pick up TIG welding faster when the time comes. When money allows (after you have gotten decent with the stick welding) buy a MIG (wire feed) welder. For most things the MIG will be much faster, but you don't want to learn on a MIG because it's stupid easy and you'll never master the other more difficult skills.

People will always need things fixed, especially if/when shit goes sideways.

Once you've grasped welding and are proficient at it, you might want to look at buying a milling machine and lathe. Those two tools will allow you to make damned near anything, especially when taken in conjunction with a good set of welding tools.

There is two lifetimes worth of shit to learn in both welding and machinist work, but if you grasp it well and gather even half of that knowledge unto yourself, you will become an almost indispensable man for your community.

The worse things get, the more your community will need you.

Blogger Jack Amok April 06, 2018 2:47 AM  

Kevin D. Williamson? The gay-faced guy with the even gayer Portlandia-style Cafe Lumberjack beard and plucked eyebrows?

If you're an entertainer, you should know who you're supposed to be entertaining. Guess he forgot...

Blogger Duke Norfolk April 06, 2018 5:18 AM  

Indeed Kharma can be a real bitch.

Heh, maybe Williamson can get a job at The Daily Stormer.

Blogger Stilicho April 06, 2018 6:16 AM  

I hear Southern Living is looking for an opinion columnist...

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 06, 2018 7:38 AM  

The hilarious part are the threats from the #Nevertrump crowd.

If they don't watch it, we are going to have to start playing by their rule!

Yeah.

You guys are just scaring them to death.

Blogger Purge187 April 06, 2018 10:02 AM  

"The left is fixable. But only in the sense insects are "fixed" in amber."

Can I borrow this?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd April 06, 2018 11:10 AM  

CoolHand wrote:Learn to weld.

Us old guys can't see well enough. Welding is for young eyes. Your advise is excellent for the young bucks.

Blogger Rory April 06, 2018 1:03 PM  

I don't have any sympathy for the man, but the firing itself is absurd.

It's all just the Milo thing again: dig up something from years ago, that anyone who really cared what he thought could have found themselves, and frame it in the most emotionally inflaming way.

In this case, he was responding to the idea of whether abortion is morally wrong and a crime. If it is, why should it not be treated as a crime? And if so, the laws of the land should be applied, including the death penalty (if that is the law).

If one is to think abortion is wrong, it's because it's a living human you're killing. Worse, it's pre-meditated. Worse, it's *baby*. How could that not be be first-degree murder?

But, of course, it's just a matter of taking a piece of that argument ("women should be hung for having abortions"), knowing that read on its own it will trigger some emotional part of the brain (particularly among a largely female readership), and let the outrage works its way to fruition.

The guy deserved it as a form of karma, but it is instructive of how vulnerable you are on these platforms, given the power of rhetoric over dialectic, and proof of Vox's point that you need to be doubling down on your own platforms.

Blogger YIH April 06, 2018 3:10 PM  

Back in March 2016, Trump had the exact same problem over the subject of abortion. Like KW he posited that women should be prosecuted for obtaining abortions. It blew over quickly for him, due to the fact that there really isn't anything a President can do about the issue one way or the other. I did a bit of research on the subject and when abortion was illegal (several, though not all states prior to Roe v. Wade) the laws against it treated the abortionist as the criminal actor and the woman as the victim of the crime - never a co-conspirator or criminal herself. In fact, there were pre-Roe cases where the woman tried to claim she was indeed culpable as a gambit to have the law against abortion thrown out or to provide a defense for the abortionist charged.
IOW, the policy KW (and possibly Trump) was historically inaccurate and much more radical then even when the practice was illegal.

Blogger Ceerilan April 06, 2018 4:35 PM  

At this point, it really is clear the marxists have no idea how to compromise. For years, they have been exploiting the existence of the odd pet conservative they deign to allow work for them. Now, even these few are wiped from the ranks because the Marxist masters now believe they can go it alone.

Never forget, these are ideological descendents of people who looked on with pride and bloodlust as the guillotine of the French revolution murdered man woman and child. No one is safe from these barbarians.

Blogger eclecticme April 06, 2018 7:06 PM  

@47. Snidely Whiplash

I'm looking forward to the day KRW is living under a tarp beside the freeway in NYC, sucking d!ck for fentanyl and shitting in a bucket. Maybe then he'll be human again.

Urso mean! and funny. LMAO

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 06, 2018 8:55 PM  

Shut up Rambam.

Blogger The Foolproof April 11, 2018 9:53 AM  

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

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