On Friday, while I had my nose buried in a fascinating book on the goddess Athene and the Odyssey (written by the daughter of the great Leo Strauss no less), I read through a report a reader had e-mailed about Tom Campbell’s Troublesome Record on Israel.
As I read it, learning of his contact with anti-Semitic figures (between reading chapters of Mrs. Clay’s opus), I dashed out a quick post, Tom Campbell & Libertarian Anti-Semitism, based on a thought that then crossed my mind. Had I had an editor, he might have warned me that even though I had written, “I highly doubt Campbell himself is anti-Semitic”, in the post, the title might indicate otherwise–as did my reference to some bizarre things published by another celebrated libertarian.
When a friend e-mailed me to suggest I was engaging in “guilt by association,” I realized a clarification was in order. I definitely should have given the post a different title. The report merely called to mind the libertarians I have encountered who harbor bizarre conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic sentiments. It did not indicate that Mr. Campbell harbored such theories or such sentiments.
The title was more indicative of my thought process than my conclusion. As were the post’s contents, conflating the report on Campbell, with works edited (and possibly written) by Ron Paul.
I apologize for misunderstanding the title of that post caused. I will try to be more careful in the future.