I know Mark Levin, and you sir are no Mark Levin


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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20 Responses

  1. Avatar Louis B. says:

    I’m floored by the uncreativity on display on the “deranged bloggers” page. Come the hell on, if you’re gonna be infantile at least do it right.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

      @Louis B., It’s pretty sad, eh? I’m E.D. Jane. What the hell is that?Report

      • Avatar Koz says:

        @E.D. Kain,

        Erik, this is pretty weak. Whatever we think of its the merits, Jim took a pretty direct shot at Mark Levin. And so far the Cornerites have generate a whole two (2) attempts to defend Mr. Levin and pretty brief ones at that. Which, let’s note, is the same number of parodies/pilings on here. Certainly you’d disagree if someone took a look at the last two main entries on the blog and concluded that this site was obsessed with anklebiting the Corner.Report

        • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

          @Koz, One could conclude that if they so chose. I’m not sure that’s significant really.Report

        • @Koz, It strikes me that complaining about Manzi’s post’s discussion of Mark Levin on grounds of incivility of all things….well, it just demonstrates a certain lack of self-awareness. Love him, hate him, or care not about him, I can’t think of anyone who would suggest that Levin is civil to his opponents or doesn’t make far more aggressive attacks on his opponents than what Manzi showed here. K-Lo and McCarthy sound like the cronies of a schoolyard bully who just experienced someone else actually throwing a sucker punch at him, suddenly concerned about fairness.Report

          • Avatar Koz says:

            @Mark Thompson,

            Yeah, fair enough. Though I think it’s also reasonable to say that, contrary to Will’s argument in the other post, the response has not been especially herd-like or knee-jerkish. It really would be like an elephant in the living room if nobody said anything at all.

            Btw, are you still interested in the coverture business? I mention that because the whole nonresponse to Caplan’s endorsement of human cloning is, for me at least, a very interesting counterfactual.Report

            • @Koz, Jason (who wrote the coverture posts) has posted his response to Caplan on cloning (admittedly after you posted this). However, the cloning issue doesn’t interest me nearly as much because it doesn’t go to the heart of what libertarianism is or should be as a political philosophy. The coverture issue was important not because coverture is itself particularly relevant to today but instead because the nostalgia for the 1880s as a “Golden Age of Libertarianism” amongst certain quarters is emblematic of a major philosophical divide that needs to be emphasized.Report

        • Avatar Dave says:


          If Liberty and Tyranny is anything like his last book, Men in Black, then Manzi was not hard enough on him.

          Speaking of being obsessive, didn’t Levin go out of his way to smear conservative bloggers that disagreed with him (Conor Friesendork, ED Jane, etc. etc.).

          Certainly you’d disagree if someone took a look at the last two main entries on the blog and concluded that this site was obsessed with anklebiting the Corner.

          In my opinion, anyone who looked at two blog entries at this site and determined that this site is obsessed with anklebiting the Corner should probably go elsewhere. Such a conclusion would indicate a shortcoming of intelligence and the likely failure to grasp even the less intellectually meaty substance on this blog (mostly my posts).

          I wouldn’t have enough patience to disagree with such a small-minded individual.Report

      • Avatar Dave says:

        @E.D. Kain,

        I thought it was E.D. Lame. Lame. Jane. What’s the difference so long as you’re wearing a skirt. 😉Report

  2. Avatar Keljeck says:

    I’m thinking Jim Not-Manly, what do you think?Report

  3. Avatar John says:

    Levin’s calm and soothing voice helps me overcome my congenital dyspepsia. It’s better than Claire de Lune.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Farmer says:

    He’ll probably go with Jim Panzi.Report

  5. Avatar Mike Farmer says:

    This reminds me of that cartoon that says — I can’t come to bed, yet, dear, someone on the internet has said something stupid.Report

  6. Avatar Mike Farmer says:

    Mark & North — thanks — finally, I won something!Report