Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Boalt's Very Own Stalinist

Do not be fooled by the pleasant demeanor, pressed shirts, dapper necktie, or stylish shoes of my friend and co-3L Jonathan Singer.1 The National Review has just confirmed what those of you who saw Jonathan's mustache over the winter break already suspected -- the guy is a Stalinist.

Stalinism is no laughing matter. Stalinism is the theory and practice of communism practiced by Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union from 1928–1953. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, via Wikipedia, via my iPhone, "Stalinism is associated with a regime of terror and totalitarian rule." That's right. Terror and totalitarian rule.

The most important thing to take away from all of this is NOT the untenable conclusion that an idle 3L with a laptop and a blog has gotten thoroughly under the skin of Ed Whelan whose resume includes the OLC, SCOTUS clerk, and counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. Don't be tricked into thinking that a conservative big-wig is being publicly infuriated by snide, 20-something bachelor 3L who has yet to finish his writing requirement. No, dear reader, the important thing to take from this is that Goodwin Liu should not be confirmed because Boalt 3L Jonathan Singer believes in the use of secret police, propaganda, and bureaucratic central planning of the economy.

Thank god for the blogosphere.

[Cue Glenn Beck style weeping for America . . .]

1 For the record, the Stalinist pre-approved the use of his full name in this post.



Blogger Dan said...

You know what they say, never trust a man with a mustache.

4/07/2010 11:39 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

It was the dapper necktie that made me not trust him.

4/07/2010 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see Whelan's comment: "Liu should expedite that investigation by authorizing committee staff to search the hard drives of his computers and to gain access to his e-mail records (subject, of course, to procedures that protect his legitimate privacy interests)."

What??? That sounds pretty Stalinist to me.

4/07/2010 11:48 AM  
Blogger McWho said...

11:48, you obviously have never applied for a job with the federal government.

4/07/2010 11:55 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

hilarious use of "of course."

4/07/2010 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up with the Yoo apology posters?

4/07/2010 3:11 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I could only gather that he felt bad about everything, and decided to come clean and apologize.

4/07/2010 3:16 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Yoo apology posters? I am not at school. Can we get a pic or a post?

4/07/2010 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Dan - 1st level men's bathroom (the one near our new fire-hazard wall). Stall halfway down waiting for your latest Diet Coke.

4/07/2010 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By stall, I mean urinal.

4/07/2010 5:04 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I am kind of creeped out by anonymouses who know my drinking habits... Grant?

4/08/2010 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By harping on Liu's use of the "dustbin of history" quotation, Whelan also hints that Liu is himself a Trotskyite. Which means that what we have here is a Trotskyite agitating on behalf of a Stalinist. Lions and lambs lie down together; the Antichrist is in his seat and the seventh seal is opening. The spectre of socialism haunts America. The rapture is upon us.

4/08/2010 12:40 PM  

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