Jensen is of course not alone in his assessment of U.S. policy, although to read the Statesman -- which even as a monopoly daily virtually never risks the "costs of free speech" -- you'd hardly be able to tell. Easterbrook most often confines himself to the pages of The New Republic, where he specializes in reassuring the neo-conservative intelligentsia that they needn't worry about environmental problems (such as they are) because the free market will make them disappear. In his WSJ piece, Easterbrook first caricatures Jensen's views as knee-jerk anti-Americanism, and then denounces these anti-war views as akin to speeches by murderous racists. "No one expects the KKK to speak without a price," writes Easterbrook. "Its price is ostracism. Why should repugnant speech on foreign policy or terrorism be any different?"
That is what passes for non-repugnant political commentary in the Wall Street Journal, earning the imprimatur of the hometown daily. Only a week before, editor Rich Oppel complained that Lloyd Doggett is rhetorically too rude to Republicans. Physician, heal thyself.