Thursday, May 18, 2006

Vox Confuto

On Tuesday, Andrew Sullivan bestowed a coveted Malkin Award nomination (for shrill, hyperbolic, divisive and intemperate right-wing rhetoric) on Vox Day, a writer for the extreme right-wing WorldNetDaily. WND has found its way onto this page before, in a post I wrote in April criticizing WND editor, Joseph Farah, for a particularly crude anti-immigration article.

Vox got the Sullivan nod for making this obscene comparison:
Not only will [mass deportation] work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American society.
It certainly makes Vox sound like a fascist, and the haircut doesn't help matters any.

Interestingly enough, if you go visit WND now, you will see that Vox's article has been edited to remove the offending passage. Now the paragraph is rendered thus:
It couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American society. In fact, the hysterical response to the post-rally enforcement rumors tends to indicate that the mere announcement of a massive deportation program would probably cause a third of that 12 million to depart for points south within a week.
What happened? It seems that Farah, a nutjob in his own right (and past Malkin Award nominee) who described illegal immigrants as "ungrateful human parasites" guilty of "dropping babies in this country", thought Vox took things a little too far.

Luckily for no one, Vox has his own blog, Vox Popoli (that's not a typo), in which he addresses the issue.
WND regularly edits my column, albeit usually before it appears. I actually turned this one in early, so this was clearly on Mr. Farah's orders. I happen to know that he really, really, really didn't like it.
You don't say. I wonder what the problem could have been. Vox, for his part, thinks he did nothing wrong, but, good 'libertarian' that he is, has no dispute with Farah's right to edit his site as he sees fit.

Apart from advocating that the U.S. government emulate Hitler in an effort to rid the country of its illegal immigrants, Vox's article is a bizarre rant against a border fence. Why? "The problem with a fence is that it works both ways," and building it would lead to "a self-imprisoned people". What if we have to flee a tyrannical U.S. government at some point in the future? We don't want no stinking fences in that case.

So, Vox Day appears to be both a fascist sympathizer and a paranoid. Talk about a classic combination! Chocolate and peanut butter don't have anything on Vox.
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