On Boys and Wolves

The American Sun

On August 25, 2020, a seventeen year old young man shot and killed two convicted felons to death and shot and disarmed another. It was all caught on livestream. Within two days, charges were filed against that young shooter for a flurry of offenses. On November 19, 2021, a jury acquitted that young shooter of all charges. The trial, both actual judicial proceedings and broader media persecution, of Kyle Rittenhouse was complete. Society now has to live with the consequences of our new era of political trial spectacles.

Why did Rittenhouse matter so much? The right wing media ecosystem is pointing out the basic concept of self-defense and its long-standing tradition, but on a daily basis, Americans use weaponry to fend off attackers in self-defense or in defense of their homes. This was much bigger than that and for different reasons on the right and left. On the right, Kyle’s…

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