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    is no direct connection between cause and effect, predator and prey.  By giving directions to an intermediary, the instigator effectively transfers responsibility for the act to the obedient agent.  Obedience is sort of a universal solvent of intent.

    I think "intent" might be a better word than responsibility because conservative ideologues have redefined responsibility as meaning "able to respond."  In other words, a responsible person is one who is able to act in response to prompts.  Or, as conservatives like to say, "incentives."
    See, incentives are what make people jump.  So, when a politician or industrialist talks about incentives to create jobs, he's really talking about bribes, as an alternative to the punishments that haven't worked too well.
    In the conservative lingo, most words don't mean what we think.  In part, that's because they start from the preconceived notion than man is depraved and needs to be punished to make him good.  It's that preconception that makes it seem wrong to treat human beings well. Remember "spare the rod and spoil the child?"  Some people still believe it but now they call it "tough love."

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 01:46:52 AM PST

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