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  •  Holy Crap, Now This is a Powerful Diary (9+ / 0-)

    I think my brain exploded.

    It does prompt the question "What is the countermeasure, the antivenom, to the weapon?" Refutations of absolutes seem to fall flat. Sort of a "he said, she said" scenario happens. Embrace, extend, and redirect or maybe embrace, redirect, and extend might be the counter. The weaponized lie appeals at a primitive, instinctive level. Any counter has to be rooted on the same level.

    Sociopaths have altered the environment, as people do, to enhance their survival at the expense of the altruistic and empathic. The institutions, despite lip service to ethics and morals, in practice preferentially select for sociopathic traits. Artificial scarcity contributed to sociopath ascendancy. As with ecosystems with few species, when one becomes dominant, collapse is inevitable. We are on that path.

    •  My Marxist crib sheet says. . . (5+ / 0-)

      that the underlying dynamic is that material advantage protects itself. The advantage turns into state power and cultural power (churches that say what the materially advantaged like get more donations, so more do).

      My Marxisant (Marx-like) crib sheet says it's about systems of control (power).

      Either way, the chicanery can only happen if the base of it remains obscure. So long as we never, ever, ever say that our "fairness" depends on a set of assumptions about exchanges where only some people have to pay, that the idea of someone getting their "due" is a spitting out of a judgment rather than an analysis of the way the world works, and that believing in self-reliance leads to egoism at best.

      Everyone is innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:28:36 PM PDT

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