So I am a bit slow to join the criticism of Malcolm Turnbull for doing the same - but he really does deserve it. And, to be honest, poor old Binskin (looking very unhappy behind the PM) should have said "no", and worn the fallout.
I think Malcolm may need to be told by someone that trying this tactic to appeal to conservatives isn't going to work: if Catallaxy is any guide, it will do nothing to turn around their hatred of him, and instead their conspiracy prone minds are more likely to worry that he is signalling to use the military to put down the forces of righteous conservatism, or something. (Yes, they are that nutty.)
And, of course, moderates and Lefties hate the use of the military as such an obvious power prop, too, so he ends up impressing no one.
So Malcolm, you really need to stop trying to impress the conservative wing.
And speaking of Catallaxy, I see that one of the nuttier, most obnoxious grand-analyst-in-his-own mind of history (and also plagiarist) is back commenting in his fruity style, and this was part of his contribution yesterday:
The elites are stupid enough to think they can control everything. They are deluded.
The kumbaya rednecks of the left become real dead real fast when this happens, because they absolutely depend on high-trust societies which do NOT retaliate against their particular brand of destructive idiocy.
A thought experiment: How long would the Australian Greens last as a political group if a decent percentage of people whose elderly relatives died this winter due to Greens policies conducted retaliatory revenge and killed a couple of them for each death?
yet those same Greens are Gramscian socialists who cannot even conceive of the possibility of being held personally accountable, in blood, for the outcomes of their actions even when they result in deaths.
Even though that’s a near-guaranteed social outcome over time.
Studying this is not pleasant. I don’t like any of the trends we are seeing.The blog is retirement/nursing home for ex military types who are always seeing conspiracy and warning of the coming crisis - this guy in particular used to thrill himself by reading wingnut fantasies from the US about armed militia making sure Obama won't get away with disarming the nation, or establishing hereditary rule, or some such nonsense. Now he's having Roger Franklin style Lefties being shot for their policies fantasies.
(Of course, he would be completely dismissive of actual conspiracy, of the Trump team trying to get their hands on Putin sourced dirt for political advantage kind.)
There's another Catallaxy controversy going on at the moment, which I might post about later. Too much stupid in one day might be too much.