The National Review's somehow resident lit-undergrad-turned-economic-historian, Kevin D. Williamson, is arguing that the campaign platform of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders "historically has led to concentration camps, gulags, firing squads, purges, and the like." This is ridiculous for reasons I won't belabor - for an exhaustive rebuttal, click here.
There is, however, an extremely serious and important point that does need to be made, if only in brief: as a matter of settled and indisputable historical fact, Kevin D. Williamson must inevitably lead to fascism.
First, and this is not opinion, everyone agrees that Kevin D. Williamson has a history of violence. Here, for example, is Kevin himself bragging about his violent theft of a complete stranger's cell phone. From there, of course, it is a direct slippery slope to history's most horrific mass murders. Think Bernie's plan to enact progressive taxation through democratic governance is an odious violation of the non-aggression principle? Try pulling out your iPhone while Kevin is trying to watch Grease.
Second -- and if you try to dispute this Cartesian Logic herself will gain corporeal form and strangle you in your sleep -- science has proven that Kevin D. Williamson is bald. White supremacists and neo-Nazis, of course, are also often bald, so we may never know whether or not he is signalling solidarity with ideological allies. Regardless, one must ask: where is the logical cut-off point between resembling a certain political identity and assuming its sinister beliefs? Why is Kevin on that road in the first place?
Finally, as history has shown us time and time again, Kevin D. Williamson, whenever he appears, inevitably leads to fascism. It is classic (albeit typical) hubris for his supporters to believe things will be any different this time around.
That's just the way the world works. Enough said. To put it objectively, common sense tells us the plain and simple truth: there was a time when we didn't know that Kevin D. Williamson leads to fascism. Most people still think that way, but you and I, dear reader, are the smart ones - and we understand reality.