Tag Archives: Joseph Stack

The Affordances of Domestic Terror

There never
seems to be a surface equal
to the needs of these people.

Curtis has an excellent post that ruminates on two discussion threads here at tdaxp – -“New York Times: Joe Stack was Right” and “A Question for Joseph Stack.” In general I agree with Curtis’s take.

The situation becomes much more interesting if the next attack against Tim Geithner’s Treasury Department is conducted by a reader of Daily Kos or Fire Dog Lake.

A Question for Joseph Stack

Apparently, Joseph Stack flew his plane into an IRS building, out of concern that the Treasury Department was stealing from the middle class.

If Mr. Stack thought the right bomb, in the right place, at the right time could change the policies of the Treasury Department, why didn’t he fly that bomb into Mr. Geithner’s office?

Perhaps he hoped enough paperwork would be destroyed by attacking the bureaucracy that others would be sympathetic to future attacks on the Treasury Department?

Certainly a small-scale attack on the IRS bureaucracy will not lead to any change in policies in the way a successful attack against the Treasury Secretary would. However, it would be interesting if CNN or other news outlets follows up on this in one year, and reports the number of businesses that were not audited because of this act of terror.