Tom at plasticbag.org writes: “There are a lot of people who feel vulnerable in the world at the moment, and there are a lot of people who feel that something must be done. They’re right to feel vulnerable – we all feel vulnerable. They’re right to want to do something to make the world a better place – there’s no doubt that it could do with the help. But selling arguments on the basis of fear and bile and name-calling isn’t the way to go.”snipHe’s attending to the unease many of us feel when we read diatribes by Lileks and others who seem to rest their screeds on the basis of outrage and patriotism, but have no discernible regard for patience and clear-vision to balance them out.I can understand outrage and certainly patriotism, but when they are used as weapons to shout down voices of reason, we have problems. When these voices of reason seek only to provide counterpoint but are vehemently decried as anti-american, or other baseless but inflamatory rhetoric, we lose sight of the bigger picture. As Josh Marshall mentioned, we’re all in the same boat, whether we agree on all points or not—screaming and berating one another doesn’t get anyone anywhere, save to make the diatribe writer feel better about their feelings of powerlessness, or provide false reassurance to others on the same grounds.