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  •  Everytime you say, "we", and "us", and "our", (1+ / 0-)
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    Buckeye Nut Schell

    you are making an epistemological error of staggering proportion.

    Everytime you employ "Russia", "China", or "Israel" as the subject of a verb in an anthropomorphic context, you are making an epistemological error of staggering proportion.

    Most of the people doing most of the things that folks here are complaining about are not in any substantial sense members of a "we" that includes me; they share neither my values, nor my principles, nor my material interests. Even more certainly, the primary beneficiaries of their activities cannot be imagined to share the particular interests of me or my family and community. To the contrary, what they do imperils our wellbeing. Happily, I do not believe in the soul, for if souls existed, ours would be hopelessly damned by the activities putatively done on our behalf, and with our consent.

    That they do is an illusion carefully nurtured by those with the power, in order to deceive people as to the identities of their real enemies and their real allies.

    The NSA is a criminal organization in its conception and its operations. It is by its very nature unethical and amoral. It should not exist: Its existence is an affront to any decent concept of justice, of law, or of morality.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 03:34:05 PM PDT

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