Stacy McCain rips Charles “Charlatan” Johnson of Little Green Footballs fame and explains big fish/small pond syndrome and why some of these people go off the edge.
Whatever the Oslo killer was, he was no libertarian, so what was he? He was a typical misfit fringe loser, someone who — having nothing else to give him any sense of significance or purpose in life — is attracted to radical politics as a way of trying to Be Somebody.
These losers drift toward the fringe because it’s a Small Pond where they can feel like a Big Fish. And when they experience failure in their quest to Be Somebody — because even their fellow fringe types spot them for losers – they feel the need to Do Something.
It’s a predictable pattern: Lee Harvey Oswald became fascinated with Marxism, but was as much a misfit in the U.S.S.R. as he was in the U.S.A. The Commies didn’t need an American loser; they had plenty of Russian losers already. Oswald’s assassination of JFK was his big I’ll-show-’em-this-time effort to Do Something so he could Be Somebody.
Like I said: A predictable pattern, and Breivik’s Oslo massacre was in that sense no more “political” than Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold’s massacre at Columbine. There is thus no revelation about Breivik’s ideology or online associations that “proves” anything one way or another about American conservatives, and only a fool like Charles Johnson could think it does.
Speaking of misfit fringe losers . . .