The Shootings in Arizona

“Whether or not Loughner was a Tea Party follower, it’s not unreasonable to think that the virulent tone and actions of the right shaped the climate in which he acted,” argues Nicole Colson here.

US socialist sports writer Dave Zirin looks at Sarah Palin’s “brazen use of violent language and symbols” here.

“Assassination is as American as the hackneyed patriotic schtick that often seems to motivate it,” argues Richard Seymour. “The problem is not whether and how to domesticate political language, as some have wrongly assumed, but how to fight back against the political forces that are fomenting this bilious filth.” More here.