If you are a professor, judge, or legislator, then I want to hear from you. I want you to nominate Patterico for a Nobel Peace Prize.
I’m dead serious about this.
I’m not asking because I think I somehow deserve it. I just want to mock the idea that being nominated is some great distinction. For example, I keep reading that murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams was nominated for one, as if this is somehow relevant to whether he should be executed.
It’s not — because anyone can be nominated.
As Eugene Volokh explains, being nominated is really no big deal:
Any social science, history, philosophy, law, and theology professor, judge, or legislator in any country (plus a few others) can nominate anyone for a Nobel Peace Prize (past nominees, just in 1901-1951, included Hitler, Stalin, and Molotov).
Not to mention that murderer Yasser Arafat actually won one.
Nothing would demonstrate how utterly meaningless such a nomination truly is like nominating someone completely undeserving of it — like me.
After all, when someone suggests that it’s a great distinction to be nominated, it’s a pretty effective rebuttal to be able to say: “So what? Even Hitler has been nominated!”
But it would be an even better rebuttal if I could respond by saying: “So what? They’ll nominate literally anyone. Hell, even I’ve been nominated!”
Wouldn’t that be great?
So let’s get it done.
I know that there are professors, judges, and legislators who read this blog. I’ve heard from some of you myself. If one of you is interested in nominating me, please contact me at patterico -AT- patterico -DOT- com.
P.S. But what will the application say? Well, if I were really trying to get it, you’d have to make some claim that would really impress the committee. You could say, for example, that I have killed more people than Tookie Williams and Yasser Arafat put together. But since I haven’t really killed anyone, you could simply note that fact, and argue that I am therefore even more “peaceful” than Arafat.
UPDATE: More on my campaign in this post.