Juan Cole on the Arizona Shootings

A rare slip from Juan Cole.

In this early take on the Arizona shooting, found here [White Terrorism | Informed Comment], is the following statement about Jared Lee Loughner.

"He is said to have used marijuana, which would be consistent with a form of anti-government, right-wing Libertarianism."

Using the fact that he smoked marijuana to connect him to the right is ridiculous. Though smoking marijuana may fit with "anti-government, right-wing Libertarianism", in most peoples minds it probably fits better with "dope-smoking left-wing hippie". This is the kind of statement that the right would hold up as proof that the left is against them and out of touch with reality.

There seems to be plenty of evidence to link this nut-case to the anti-government rhetoric. There is no need to make dubious, "Fox News" like claims to enhance the point.

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