Eric Posner, his leftist allies and kangaroo courts
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As comrades know, I try to keep track of what rightwing social democrats and liberals are saying on the Internet. Sometimes, I feel like I am trudging through the sewer when I look in on red-baiter Leo Casey's mailing list, the "decent left" pro-war blogs, etc. Most days I don't have anything to say about what I find there, because it falls into the category of "dog bites man".
But today, an item written by
At first blush, www.opendemocracy.net
looks like Commondreams or Alternet,
but in reality it is quite a few degrees to the right. The execrable Todd Gitlin is on the editorial board, as is Danny Postel who crossposted Posner's
article to Casey's list. Postel was briefly involved
PROFESSOR ROGER Scruton, the darling of the intellectual right, was sacked as a commentator for The Wall Street Journal yesterday in an editotial after admitting he took money from the tobacco industry to place stories in the national press.
The philosopher, a
professor of aesthetics at
An editorial in yesterday's European edition of The Wall Street Journal admitted: "We've come in for criticism lately because one of our contributors, the British conservative writer Roger Scruton, wrote an essay for our European edition while being paid by a Japanese tobacco company.
"Our long-time standard is that such financial ties should be disclosed, so readers can make up their own minds." The move follows his sacking last week by the Financial Times over his tobacco links.
The Wall Street Journal had intervened to defend Professor Scruton over his pounds 4,500-a-month contract with the tobacco giant.
But it said yesterday: "Mr Scruton had an obligation to tell us and his readers about his tobacco financing when he was writing about tobacco issues; he didn't, and so he will be taking a holiday from our pages."
Just the sort of person, in other words,
who you would expect to serve on the editorial board of an Internet publication
that provides left cover for a
Googling "Eric Posner"
will point you to a
"When conventional procedural protections would ensure that highly dangerous people go free under conditions of fragile security, the standard of proof is lowered, independent lawyers are prohibited, access to evidence is reduced, and the other conventional protections are similarly compromised. (A more familiar example is the practice of allowing exceptions to the warrant requirement when the police are in hot pursuit and in similar circumstances.)
"Saddam is not an ordinary criminal defendant, and so there is no reason to think that fairness requires that he enjoy ordinary criminal defense protections."
Posner co-authored something called "The Limits of International Law" with Jack L. Goldsmith that argues that states should engage in international laws and treaties only when it is consistent with their national interests. In other words, the John R. Bolton approach.
An amazon.com reviewer awarded the book one star (you are evidently prevented from handing out zero stars) and opined, "While claiming to be an academic book, the text reads more like a neconservative, ideological condemnation of international law."