Help me out here.
On the one hand, AlterNet often posts radical critiques of the state, such as this interesting interview I came across earlier today with historian Howard Zinn on anarchism and his rejection of the legitimacy of both democracy and the modern nation-state. It also regularly publishes this anarchist crackpot.
On the other hand, as the Zinn article indirectly reminded me, AlterNet has provided an outlet for Sara Robinson, “One of the few trained social futurists in North America,” to charge that there are people among us — dangerous, “seditious” people — who are bent on “systemically delegitimizing the very idea of US government.”
So, my question: Does AlterNet know that a writer for AlterNet essentially accused it of providing a platform for sedition, which said writer took pains to note is a prosecutable offense? Maybe, albeit belatedly: Robinson hasn’t been heard from since the eve of the 2010 elections, when she was last seen warning that the people she previously accused of rejecting the legitimacy of government were seeking, instead, to create a fascist state.