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  •  True. But blacks have the advantage, (2+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes, Vetwife

    because of their history, of recognizing the suppression for what it is. Innocent white folk it hits hard. They are surprised that good people get attacked. Then it should not come as a surprise that, like Aaron Swartz, they check themselves out. Our teen suicide rate is not a happenstance.
    The culture of obedience, when it is deprived of approved targets, goes after everyone. It is understandable that the historical victims get some satisfaction from having the cancer spread. "Misery loves company." But, that does not bring the abuse to a halt.
    The culture of obedience is abuse incarnate and abuse is pernicious. It passes itself off as a "lesser evil," but, in fact, there are some things worse than death and abuse is it.
    That said, the victim cannot defend himself against abuse because the object of abuse is to injure. So, to the extent that self-defense risks additional injury, the victim does the abuser's dirty work for him. That's why there has to be an intervention.
    When authority stands silent in the face of abuse, it becomes complicit. President Obama has been slow to understand that, but I think he's learning. That the culture of obedience is institutionalized abuse is not readily apparent.

    The slave, to remain a slave, must be made sensible, that there is no appeal from his master; that his power is no instance usurped; but is confirmed by the laws of man at least, if not the law of God. Judge Ruffin of North Carolina, 1829

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 11:50:35 PM PST

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