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Standing up to the Anti-Wolf Hooligans

Posted by Richard Conniff on November 2, 2013

This story came to me by way of  @PVineski.  It’s from The Jackson Hole (Wyoming) News & Guide, and was written by Todd Wilkinson, who seems to be a hunter himself.  Unlike some hunters, he understand what’s ethical and what’s not.  (He is also author of “Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet.”)  I usually resist the attempt to make analogies between our treatment of animals and the Nazis, or the Ku Klux Klan.  But this time, the wolf mob brought it on themselves:

Who dares confront the anti-wolf mob?

“The hero in American political tradition is the man who stands up to the mob — not the mob itself.”— Conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg

Just for the sake of argument, pretend that instead of this being 2013, it is 1963. And suppose for a moment that our tristate region is Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, not Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

Imagine that Ku Klux Klansmen — “anonymous” townsfolk with hoods on their heads — are brazenly partaking in violence against African Americans and white civil rights activists.

The question is: Back then, would you, or I, or any of us, intervene knowing that speaking out isn’t socially popular and brings with it certain risks? Would we have the moral resolve to do what’s right?

Many people in the day, including weak-spined law enforcement, politicians and clergy, Read the rest of this entry »

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