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Re: Enthusiasm for Ross Douthat: Brad DeLong Smackdown Watch

The lurkers attack me via email and instant messaging.

It appears that my enthusiasm for Ross Douthat as the best choice for the conservative op-ed slot on the New York Times is not repeat not repeat NOT shared by those of the XX genome.

Thus an Anonymous Coward:

There are right-wingers who don't think birth control is a sin. Perhaps one of them belongs in that slot...

Thus Katha Pollitt:

Okay, will someone explain to me how this Lovable Boy Genius can advocate criminalizing abortion after ten weeks? How he can praise the anti-choicers for their readiness to compromise when as we all know not ONE anti-choice org supports birth control? and how come you don't care?...

Thus Lindsay Beyerstein:

I'm puzzled why people are so impressed with Douthat's intellectual honesty: http://rossdouthat.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/07/what_is_eugenics.php. Douthat insists that liberals are practicing eugenics by supporting abortion rights. Why? Because as long as women are allowed to choose for their own reasons, without having to justify them to Ross Douthat or the law, then some women will choose to abort because they are carrying fetuses with severe genetic anomalies. Ergo, pro-choice equals pro-eugenics. Douthat knows perfectly well that pro-choicers aren't gunning for a pseudoscientific human breeding program. His argument reeks of bad faith...

I accept the judgment of the Group of 17, and will report to the reeducation camp tomorrow for reeducation.

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