No more! I've seen plenty of thread hijackings over the years,* but I'm thoroughly impressed with Megan McArdle's "Look At Me" post (and there's a follow-up already). It is, in a word, brilliant. I mean, there's the diagnosis, which is good enough...apparently conservatives are "marginalized" because Stephen Baldwin doesn't get work, and because she knows someone who
...she clinches it by explaining that all those poor, marginalized, conservatives are just like...oh, you know you're going to love it...wait for it...negroes in the fifties. Oh yeah. You see,
I doubt many bank hiring committees in the fifties got together and voted not to hire any negro bank managers. Yet, somehow, they didn't hire any negro bank managers. Why not? Because things like social networks, subtle bias, and tacit norms...Now, I know what you're saying: she can't possibly believe that blacks didn't get hired in the 1950s primarily because of "social networks, subtle bias, and tacit norms," can she? But that's what's so wonderful about this post. There's just no way that anyone could try to think about anything other than "Megan McArdle, what the hell is wrong with you?" after reading that. And really, the whole (very long) post is just loaded with stuff like that, although I think that I've hit the high points. Except for the bits about Bob Jones University and Jeremiah Wright. And liberal media bias. And abortion. And the Jews. No, I know -- you think I'm kidding, don't you? I'm not. I swear. I mean, there's a reason that "Look At Me" works if it's done well, and this one is really, really good.
So, I'll leave it to others to take on the substance, but I'll just sit back in awe at the brilliance of it. Well played, Megan McArdle.
*Yeah, I really miss usenet -- in my case, rec.sport.baseball and the Giants group.