Troll TimB Infests Tom Woods’s Blog, Provides Excellent Example of How the Left Tries to Shut Down Speech
On his last day on this Earth, Andrew Breitbart tweeted this (h/t Brandon Darby):
I'm far less political than anyone can imagine. I am just hyper-vigilant about left's instinct to shut down debate. PC is bad. @MaxD17
— AndrewBreitbart (@AndrewBreitbart) February 29, 2012
I would normally not devote a post to creepy now-banned troll TimB, but his behavior in attacking me and libertarian Tom Woods recently is a wonderful example of an attempt to shut down speech, and is worth highlighting as Exhibit A in what the left would do if given total power.
The contretemps appears to have started with my recent post defending Judge Andrew Napolitano, and citing a Tom Woods video to do so. TimB starting tweeting a bunch of nonsense at me, and then turned his ignorant fire on Woods:
— Timb116 (@timb116) March 18, 2014
“Secessionist”! Thus ends the argument! Label your opponent and dismiss him. (By the way, Tim’s link goes here. I challenge you to read that, and Woods’s response, and not conclude that Woods shredded Max Boot.)
If by “secessionist” TimB means “one who believes that states have the right to secede” then Woods is absolutely guilty. And so am I. In fact, I have enjoyed talking about secession on this blog for several reasons.
First, as I have learned more about the founding of this country, I have become convinced that states retained the right to secede.
Second, as my frustration with the oppressive and reckless federal government increases, I search for solutions other than sitting around waiting for the fiscal collapse. This one — saving the parts of the country that can be saved and breaking off from the United States — is not particularly realistic, but the option of doing nothing is so unthinkable that unrealistic options seem worth discussing.
Also, I just enjoy tweaking the TimBs of the world. To me, the idea that the federal government is the perfect sized political unit, and that a smaller political unit is SIMPLY UNTHINKABLE!!!!, is absurd. Yet one cannot discuss the concept without being called a racist, or a “Neo-confederate.” Witness:
— Timb116 (@timb116) March 18, 2014
And, since it’s TimB, there have to be lies:
— Timb116 (@timb116) March 19, 2014
I am not, in fact, a “convert to nullification.” In fact, I recently wrote a friend about the topic, and after speaking about the things I liked about the doctrine and the things I hated about it, I concluded: “I’m not sure how I feel about state nullification” of federal laws thought to be unconstitutional. I haven’t ruled out support for it, but it strikes me as posing a threat to the rule of law. My plan is to eventually read Woods’s book on it and make up my mind.
TimB’s behavior is a wonderful performative of the left’s behavior: name-calling, dismissiveness, and dishonesty — all in an effort to shut down debate. TimB didn’t draw the line at Twitter, either. He infested one of Woods’s blog post comment sections (sorry, Tom!) thus prompting Woods to write a whole post about TimB’s comment behavior, titled Internet Derangement Syndrome Strikes Again.
Tom, just ban him, like I do.
Anyway, the perfect response to folks like TimB is this video, which Woods created some time back as an amusing vehicle for his arguments in favor of state nullification of federal laws. It is called “Interview with a Zombie.” In case you don’t get it, TimB is the zombie in our example. Enjoy:
I showed it to my kids and they cracked up when the zombie says: “Slavery?” Watch it. It’s worth your time.
I hope I am doing my small part to carry on Andrew’s battle against P.C. He is missed.