So Jared Lee Loughner, a 22-year old who appears to be ambigiously political, is suspected of shooting and killing a bunch of people while trying to kill Gabrielle Giffords, a democratic congresswoman in Tucson, Arizona.
Among his favorite books are “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto.”
Alright, this might sound low, but I blame the school system. These two books are diametrically opposed. The only things they have in common are populism and authoritarian methods. But there is practically no political education in the United States except for basic ideas of how our stupid system supposedly works. Kids don’t learn the difference between the Right and Left: we’re taught that Republicans vs. Democrats is the political spectrum. Anyone who finds themselves outside of it (which, I would argue, is most people, at heart), just ends up with some wingnut-ass amorphous “radical” position. Add in some straight-up crazy (as appears applicable in Loughner’s case), and you end up with this kind of bullshit.
And there is very little visible resistance culture in the United States, particularly in middle America. There’s a reason that America tends towards the lone-wolf political actions, like old Joe Stack. If you’re frustrated that everything is wrong (because it is), and you are very, very driven to see change happen, and you have no outlet?