To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. - Sun Tzu

Friday, April 17, 2009

Teabaggers

Maybe they're not all just a bunch of fascists.

What do they want: Taxes reductio'd ad absurdum. Sanctity of property. "Freedom". They think that the 'free market' is the route to salvation, but a few good questions reveal that their system needs counter-organization to avoid mass suffering. Of course, they don't have any clue about Spectacle, but that's not necessary: Everyone can understand local control and empowerment.

What is harder to get across is the fundamental flaw with Legalist systems, so they keep coming back to the Constitution as if the current situation didn't develop from the more basic historical form they apparently advocate. They don't understand that some times it's not clear what a law means.

For example, the second amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." What the hell does that actually mean? Who are "the People"? What are "arms"? What is a "well regulated militia"? Does that mean you have to be in a well-regulated militia if you want to keep and bear arms? Maybe, or maybe not! It's a poorly-constructed sentence because it expresses two unconnected ideas:
1. A well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state.
2. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

As a sentence, the second amendment doesn't actually mean anything; but people think it does because they don't think like lawyers... and unfortunately with any Legalist system you have to have people who parse laws and apply them. If it were possible to write a law for every conceivable circumstance that wouldn't be necessary, but it's not so it is.

Not that that matters. The truth only gets you so far. Being right can be good, but it doesn't matter if you're bad at marketing; and being wrong has never held back liars. Showing someone something usually convinces them but telling them never does. Therefore it does no good to tell these racist, privileged fools that they're a bunch of racist, privileged fools. Showing them that they are might destroy them; but providing them an analysis that does not insult them or make them feel uncomfortable would make them both stronger and a force for good. (I don't have that analysis written and probably won't write it)

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