Earlier this week, Alan Dershowitz kicked off the summer season by whining to the media about being canceled on Martha’s Vineyard, taking an absurdly pretentious statement and then adding the words “Martha’s Vineyard” for good measure.
He blames the “woke mob.”
But it’s not just that he’s been “canceled,” he’s been SILENCED.
Is this why conservatives are all up in arms over Drag Story Hour? Because it’s eating into Dershowitz’s speaking engagements? Come to think of it, it’s been a while since the New York Public Library invited me to speak, so maybe cancel culture is real!
In all seriousness, this isn’t the behavior of a Harvard Law professor, or a lawyer, or even a functional adult. This is how 13-year-old girls talk. Go cry to Insta about not being invited to Mackenzie’s birthday party, Alan.
But Dershowitz — who is silenced remember — has a new book on the shelves. It’s called “The Price of Principle: Why Integrity Is Worth the Consequences” (affiliate link), which is ironic since this guy refuses to shut up about how he feels “consequences” shouldn’t apply to him. Indeed, facing rather benign social consequences is “a new brand of McCarthyism” according to the book’s official summary.
McCarthyism… that he doesn’t get invited to parties on Martha’s Vineyard. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg would like a word about how “McCarthyism” works.
More from the summary:
The Price of Principle is about efforts to cancel Alan Dershowitz and his career because he has insisted on sticking to his principles instead of choosing sides in the current culture and political war dividing our country. He explains that principled people are actively punished for not being sufficiently partisan. Principle has become the vice and partisanship the virtue in an age when partisan ends justify unprincipled means, such as denial of due process and free speech in the interest of achieving partisan or ideological goals.
Now, this suggests that no one wants to hang out with Dershowitz because he defended Trump at the first impeachment with the argument that presidents can abuse public office as long as they subjectively believe it will help the reelection campaign. And, yeah, that probably doesn’t play well with the Vineyard crowd, but we’re really sleeping on the whole “thinks Jeffrey Epstein should’ve gotten even lighter punishment” thing. Does “skeeved out by defending human traffickers” count as “a new brand of McCarthyism” in this scenario? I guess we’ll have to read the book!
Oh, he’s also got an in-depth New Yorker interview! Like all the other silenced people.
It’s mostly a rehash of Dershowitz claiming that he’s not “allowed” to speak anymore simply because he isn’t being “invited” to speak anymore. At one point Isaac Chotiner says, “This is fairly terrifying, what you’re describing, just the general atmosphere,” which I sincerely hope was just an effort to invite Dershowitz into saying more because if he really thinks the Vineyard party scene is “terrifying” he should reevaluate some things.
One subject they discuss in the interview is a letter Dershowitz says he received from a fan who got beat up for trying to read the professor’s book on the beach. Here’s the pertinent part of the letter:
I was reading your book yesterday at the beach, when some guys who I was playing beach volleyball with, asked me about the book that I was reading, and so I showed them the book. They then asked me why I chose this book, and so I told them that I had a great deal of respect for the author. The next thing that happened came as a total shock to me. Without warning, I was slugged and punched in the face. I asked why was that called for, and I was told that it’s because his political view point and mine differ. I told them that I get it that our view points differ, but why can’t we be at least civil about it. With that, he laughed, shoved me once again onto the sand, and kicked sand all over me.
When asked about the letter, Dershowitz says, “Well, you read the letter. All I have is the letter. I haven’t spoken to him.”
Haven’t spoken to him?!?! I’m not saying this didn’t happen just in time for Dershowitz to include it in his sales pitch for a new book about cancel culture, but I am saying where are the Washington Post fact-checkers and Wall Street “Too Good To Confirm” editorials now? When a 10-year-old girl’s rape is inconvenient for conservatives everyone pulls out the stops to downplay the authenticity of what turned out to be a completely true story, but when Alan Dershowitz wants to talk about cancel culture on Newsmax suddenly nobody cares that he’s got a bonkers anonymous account that he can’t confirm.
Again, it’s not that this couldn’t have happened, it’s that “silenced” people don’t get approving nods when they tell stories like this on TV or to major periodicals.
Actually silenced people are children that major newspapers try to erase. Maybe keep some perspective.
Alan Dershowitz’s Martha’s Vineyard Cancellation [New Yorker]
Earlier: Summer Officially Begins As Alan Dershowitz Publicly Complains About No One Liking Him On Martha’s Vineyard
Alan Dershowitz Is The Saddest Man In Martha’s Vineyard
Alan Dershowitz Blasted By Larry David At Martha’s Vineyard Grocery Store
Joe Patrice is a senior editor at Above the Law and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. Feel free to email any tips, questions, or comments. Follow him on Twitter if you’re interested in law, politics, and a healthy dose of college sports news. Joe also serves as a Managing Director at RPN Executive Search.