I don’t normally take interest in exploitative, Nancy Grace-ish death operas, but The Exiled’s Chief Marxist, Mark Ames, offers an excellent analysis of Tuesday’s jazzercize spree-killing/suicide in Pittsburgh.
[Shooter George] Sodini’s pain isn’t limited to his unfluffed genitalia. He understood that his sexual failure and anomie were part of a larger injustice and rigidity built into the current American narrative, a miserable narrative for most white males over the age of 25. The media has so far totally ignored how America’s economic Hell added to Sodini’s breakdown, but the media routinely ignores the role Reaganomics has played in the “going postal” rage murders since the mid-80s. Sodini knew how bad and tenuous his situation was, and he wrote about it.
What the media has focused on instead is Sodini’s anti-Obama, anti-liberal racist entry, as if this was the motive rather than the symptom … Sodini was more nuanced in his desperation than something as easily-defined as racism … he understood that he was victim to something far deeper and more profound, and that he had more in common with blacks of his predicament than the rich white FoxNews hosts or the corporate backers of the Tea Party movement.
Ames, a co-founder of the recently Putinized The eXile, briefly lived in Louisville to conduct research into the 1989 Standard Gravure shooting, which informed his nifty pamphlet on mass murders, “Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion — From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond” and stands as an essential primer for understanding this kind of regularly occurring American pastime.