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  •  In a world where authority exists and has the (2+ / 0-)
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    right to administer discipline/punishment to subordinates. That is why simple assault, leaving no permanent physical injury or mark, is a misdemeanor and has to be witnessed by an agent of law enforcement to merit a charge -- i.e. it is only considered a crime when an officer of the state is insulted by mayhem in his/her presence.
    The culture of obedience is incubated in the familial environment. If that environment is not authoritarian, as happens in egalitarian households, the family will be destroyed and society, which exists as a hierarchy to make sinful men good, will crumble.
    Hierarchical societies exist among instinct-driven creatures which rely on force to coerce compliance. By that definition, if there is no force, there is no society. That creatures might be self-directed and associate for mutual benefit simply doesn't occur to the self-centered hierarchist.
    You can hear it in Walberg's voice. He's saying, "well yeah, any behavior that goes overboard against anyone should be reined in."
    It is true that it shouldn't be necessary to make special provisions for particular victims, but then we'd have to revise the whole legal system to posit assault, abuse and coercion as crimes. And that would leave authoritarians without any tools to effect their rule.

    "If I can't be master in my own house, what am I?"

    Slavery was not an exception. Slavery was part and parcel of an attitude of dominance and subordination, which is only gradually being chipped away at. When there's no group left to be singled out for subordination, what's to prevent the whole nation from being subordinate? The people who fear the United Nations have reason. They know the dominionist impulse all too well.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 01:09:27 AM PST

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