Jason Brennan, prefacing a blog post on looting:
Before I get going, I’d like to remind you that I was writing about police violence and systematic injustice against blacks (and others) in the criminal justice system years ago, before it was cool and on your mind. So when you see me talking about protestors’ excesses, it’s not because I think that’s the most important issue, but because it’s what I find philosophically interesting now.
“Before it was cool and on your mind.” WTF. Whose mind?
I was first falsely accused of a violent crime (aggravated assault) and interrogated by the police at the age of 7–in 1976, three years before Jason Brennan was born. And false accusation regarding violent crime has been a minor motif in my life ever since–one day I’m accused of wanting to bomb a plane, the next of shooting up a school, the next of sending anthrax to a bank, the next of assaulting a non-existent “female” in a hotel room, the next, vaguely, of “constituting a danger to self and others,” etc. etc. Systematic injustice in the criminal justice system has been on my mind my whole life. Partly because it’s been more than merely on my mind.
What Brennan says about looting and burning in that post is fair enough, but maybe skip the preface, and just “get going.” Police malfeasance may well be a late-breaking issue for the presumptively whitebread libertarian readership of 200ProofLiberals, but it’s been a longstanding issue in a lot of non-libertarian, non-whitebread lives for quite some time now. Jason Brennan didn’t discover it, any more than Columbus discovered America, or Bull Connor discovered the German shepherd. Leave it to some grandstanding white guy to think he did.