There's been some buzz in the media recently about an interview that Peter Lanza--the father of Newgate shooter Adam Lanza--had done for New Yorker Magazine. I was interested to discover that this article is now online The author was Andrew Solomon who wrote the book "Far From the Tree" that dealt with multiple disabilities, including autism. About five years ago, Solomon also wrote an article about the neurodiversity movement for New York Magazine. Your humble blogger was briefly mentioned in this article as well as in Solomon's book.
The article leaves no doubt whatsoever that Adam Lanza had a professionally made diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome. The neurodiversity movement often makes diagnoses of virtuous figures such as Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Vernon Smith, etc. to help promote the idea that autism could be a good thing. They were apparently in no hurry to do this with Lanza. In fact, after the shootings, a flurry of articles appeared attempting to distance autism spectrum disorders from the shooting and an insistence that there is no relationship between autism and violent crime. Ironically, one of these individuals was Wrong Planet founder Alex Plank who, when one WP member threatened people, neglected to report this fact to the authorities, resulting in the deaths of two innocent victims. Subsequently, another individual last year threatened to go out and murder some people. This member is still a member on WP in good standing. WP only deleted the post apparently after Gadfly reported this to the FBI and WP was contacted.
I won't comment on this article further, but I found it interesting reading and I believe some others may also. My one final thought to Alex Plank and other members of the neurodiversity movement is you can't have your cake and eat it too.