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  •  I think that about covers it. (9+ / 0-)

    You pretty much pissed everybody off.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 12:09:27 AM PDT

    •  It makes the title sadly ironic... nt (3+ / 0-)
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      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 03:36:21 AM PDT

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    •  Didn't piss me off at all. This is nothing more (1+ / 0-)
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      than a discussion of human nature that has been repeated over and over throughout history, and which seems to present itself in each generation without the benefit of historical reflection.

      The specific discussion of various groups (religious, atheist, communist, capitalist, etc. etc.) is nothing more to me than a recognition that no "group" is incapable of the worst manifestations of human nature.

      Germans are not inherently evil people.  In fact German society has many admirable qualities in my opinion.  That did not stop a group dedicated to evil from dominating the good people of Germany until the country was brought to its knees, and millions of people died worldwide as a result.

      The following is, I think a good summation of what the diarist is saying.  Where is the fallacy in it?

      The simple truth of the matter is that when a group is in the majority it tends to wind up persecuting those in the minority unless it is very very careful to make and adhere to laws that ensure roughly equal treatment for all.
      The danger is in allowing "groupthink" to overwhelm the individual's ability to rise above it when it threatens individual rights.  That's all I see here.

      Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

      by ZedMont on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 04:58:46 AM PDT

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