Phyllis Schlafly Is Dead

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You may have heard the name, you may have an idea of who she was. This recent item on the Rachel Maddow show (long, but worth every second) puts her in context. Watch it:

Schlafly was one of the key architects of the modern right wing movement. She is one of the worst people in the world, at least in the context of American society and politics. She pretty much single handedly a) defeated the Equal Rights Amendment and b) managed the propaganda campaign that makes a lot of otherwise not-too-stupid people think, even today that the ERA is a bad idea.

She was a white supremacist who urged the Republican Party to abandon the Latino vote and focus on the white vote. She opposed same sex marriage and even civl unions. Earlier this year, she endorsed Trump for president. Again, watch the above report from Maddow to see how 50 years of right wing history and politics came together with the Trump campaign.

She died at the age of 92, and only after doing a lot of damage to our civilization.

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12 thoughts on “Phyllis Schlafly Is Dead

  1. People say you should only speak good of the dead. So, Phyllis Schafly is dead. Good.

    – To quote an old joke which may once have been said by someone famous.

  2. Her vitriol kept her alive. Evil incarnate. If I believed in an afterlife my wish would be for her to never rest in peace, as I don’t then I’ll settle for being grateful this vile creature is no more.

  3. I’ve heard it said that progress in physics comes one funeral at a a time. I suspect that the saying also applies to politics.

    I sounds unseemly to celebrate a death. But, in this case, with someone so malignant, malevolent, and damaging, I’ll make an exception and loudly burst forth with a rousing chorus of “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead”:

  4. #7 Wesley Dodson

    Who cares about this or that ideology? We are all destroying the biosphere.

    One side would vehemently deny this, which is why it *does* matter. Assuming that you want public policy aimed at reducing – rather than increasing – the damage.

  5. Shakespeare: “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

    In this case, her son Andrew Schlafly carries on her efforts, see Anti-Science Associations: Rand Paul, Jane Orient, Art Robinson, Willie Soon And Friends and click on the social network graph. He’s well-enmeshed.

    Among the links there is this one, at RationalWiki. He’s spoken at least 5 times for Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Spreadsheet there linked to his talks, but DDP talks have often been tagged Private since I wrote posted that. Too bad.

  6. So Andrew Schlafly is working with an organization whose raison d’ĂȘtre is to prepare disasters that the rest of us might suffer… No wonder they want to conduct their nefarious work in secret.

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