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July 20, 2012

There Is No Such Thing as "Politicizing" a Tragedy

Max Read: "There is no such thing as 'politicizing' tragedy. James Holmes did not materialize in a movie theater in Aurora this morning, free of any relationship to law and authority and the structures of power in this country; nor did he exit those relationships and structures by murdering 12 people and injuring several dozen more. Before he entered the theater, he purchased guns, whether legally or illegally, under a framework of laws and regulations governed and negotiated by politics; in the parking lot outside, he was arrested by a police force whose salaries, equipment, tactics and rights were shaped and determined by politics. Holmes' ability to seek, or to not seek, mental health care; the government's ability, or inability, to lock up persons deemed unstable -- these are things decided and directed by politics. You cannot 'politicize' a tragedy because the tragedy is already political. When you talk about the tragedy you're already talking about politics."


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