Commentary Magazine


More on the Tucson Shooting

Assassination as a political tool has been part of the human dynamic since societies were first founded — and, of course, a horribly effective one. One of the peculiarities of the American version of the political assassination is just how frequently in our history assassins or would-be assassins haven’t operated due to a purposeful political plan but rather as the public acting-out of a private madness. That is what seems to have been the case today.