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Anthropophagophia

Yesterday I posted a note about German cannibal Armin Meiwes

, who advertised on the

Internet for someone willing to be eaten, received several replies, and

ended up killing and eating one of them, apparently with the eatee’s full

consent. I got a number of e-mails about this, of which the following, from

a reader in Texas, was the most constructive. [NB: My correspondent wites

“homophagy,” but I prefer the more etymologically correct “anthropophagy.”]

“Mr.Derbyshire–Please expand your NRO Corner comment on the trial of Armin

Miewes for the consensual killing and eating of someone who had answered his

advertisement on the internet. Once your full length piece is published on

NRO, it will be a matter of mere minutes before outraged lefties are linking

to if all over the blogosphere and howling in outrage that Derb, the well

known homophobe, is also opposed to consensual adult homophagy. As a blow

for freedom, perhaps the Howard Dean web site will host a forum for

potential eaters and eatees to get together and make dinner plans. …. It

is obviously quite possible that next year’s presidential election will be

another tight squeaker of a race. One thing that might help the forces of

goodness and reason to triumph would be if by vociferously condemning the

practice you persuaded thousands of Democrat voters to eat each other just

to spite you.”

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