I’ve never really given much thought to Megan McArdle. Seriously. I don’t read the Atlantic, and she’s not often linked to by the stable of writers I have in my RSS reader. Her name comes up often enough– and the Atlantic is a prominent enough magazine– that I know she’s probably a big deal. But reading this article, I think she’s either profoundly angry, profoundly disingenuous, or profoundly dumb. Her article is complaining that somehow the Democrats have so streamlined the legislative process that they can ram anything through. She says that they should be wary of Republicans dismantling the entire social fabric that the Democrats have created– the social fabric that the Republicans have spent the last 30 years campaigning to destroy. What struck me as bizarre was this line, though: ” Are we now in a world where there is absolutely no recourse to the tyranny of the majority?” Obviously McArdle has never heard of Jim Crow, or Prop 8. When the majority creates second-class citizens, we hear nary a peep. When a majority lifts 32 million citizens from the bare edge
of existence, McArdle dares call it tyranny.