Guilt by Inadvertent Association

The propensity to condemn others, usually writers, for what we might call guilt by inadvertent association is a method of abuse or disparagement often used by those who are incapable of intelligent rebuttal.  It is a technique favored by the left and its legion of trolls, who like to point out that an author quoted in a conservative argument has dubious affiliations or, analogously, that the founder of a political organization is responsible for some of the suspicious characters who gravitate around his banner. In my own case, for example, I have been excoriated for citing passages from Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger, who are certainly contestable philosophers, Heidegger in particular.  Yet Hannah Arendt, a much beloved political writer among the left and Jewish to boot, was Heidegger's student and lover and never disavowed him despite his Nazi sympathies.  I detest Heidegger and have no truck with his indigestible philosophical tomes,...(Read Full Article)