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Timothy Egan writes a guest column in the NY Times in which he whines that Joe the Plumber got published. He starts off the article saying "I don't want you writing books," and goes on to rip the plumber to shreds, rhetorically.

And yeah, I'm not going to buy the guy's book, but... who is Timothy Egan, anyway? The "about the author" section for this column just says "Maureen Dowd is off today." Hm, looks like he's written some books, or something. What were his credentials before his first book was published, anyway?

No true progressive tells someone "I don't want you writing books." Grr.

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awfief
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I can tell someone not to write a book. Telling them they don't have the *right* to write a book, but "I think you're a poopyhead and shouldn't write a book" is completely different.

Honestly, I think anyone can write a book...I'm just sad that people actually will *buy* it.
crs
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Are you reading my post correctly? It sounds like you're getting the opposite of my intended meaning from it, and trying to correct me.
awfief
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
I am.

You're saying that someone who says "you shouldn't write a book!" isn't a progressive.

I'm saying that "saying" and "doing" are 2 different things. Trying to make it so Joe the Plumber doesn't have the *right* to write a book is not progressive. Saying whatever you want, including "Joe the Plumber is a douchenozzle" or "I don't think my sister should have children" is progressive. (and completely different from "my sister shouldn't be allowed to breed").

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