(23 January 1989) after Edward R. Sill

I’ve seen it before— approving the murder of a murderer, praising a perfidy to quell a perfidy, a prince in furious battle, a riot for a good cause. Both the criminal and the hero afford the opportunity for self-righteous duplicity. Be a good boy and harm only bad people. It feels good to get our ire up. Weakness and hatred are opportunities for splendid moralizing.