Thursday, August 04, 2011
A Ballad For Our Time
Because this whole long line of nonsense is crashing into reality, and the thing about reality is that it just keeps getting more and more powerful the more you pretend it's not there.
I have good news and bad news.
Here's the bad news. The barn doors were already bolted shut once the horses escaped!! It's going to take hours to get them open again.
Here's the good news. It's Miracle Day!
Sorry. Gallows humor again. It's how I cope.
The first line I borrowed from your post. The rest I borrowed from Japan. Sigh.
stuff that's falling out
it seems a lot like fallout
I'll see this and raise you one:
Chris Rea "Road To Hell" Live
Complete with relevant lyrics:
And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just bits of paper
Flying away from you"
People don't know how to cope and they are just panicking, and the more privileged they are, the more deeply they're panicking. There is nothing more feral and vicious than a government employee whose pension COLA is threatened.
It is not the truck drivers and farmers and grocery store employees who are going feral on us. It is the Thomas Friedmans and the college professors - the self-described intelligentsia.
Any moment now the NY Times will decide that it is a liberal position to round up the unemployed and drop them by air on Mexico.
Once the libertarians go totalitarian on us, all bets are off.
Is that supposed to be a reference to me? I am just someone who wants to maximize freedom, and realizes that reality places various limits on the kind and quantity of freedom achievable (including unavoidable tradeoffs between one person's freedoms and another's).
I suspect your use of the word "totalitarian" is in reference to the suggestion that criminals could be ejected from the country. But if the decision to eject or not eject is based on what preserves the most total individual freedom (weighing the freedoms lost by those forced to pay for the criminal's stay vs the freedoms lost by the criminal if ejected rather than incarcerated), then calling that totalitarian is 100% wrong. And of these two groups whose freedoms are being weighed, only one of them committed the crime and thereby forced such a decision to even be necessary in the first place.
But feel free to call people fighting for freedom "totalitarian" while our country continues its transformation into a total totalitarian democracy: A totalitarian democratic state is said to maximize its control over the lives of its citizens, using the dual rationale of general will (i.e., "public good") and majority rule.
And it continues that transformation with the help of people who argue to hold people hostage to "social contracts" they never agreed to. (Call theft whatever you like. It doesn't change what it is.) Once you accept the premise that the state can take liberty for any purpose other than the preservation of greater liberty, there is no longer any line over which they can not cross.
This cartoon seems fitting.
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