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  •  It's called "objectivism" (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    The object or recipient of any action is considered responsible for the action by having prompted it.  That's how "personal responsibility" is created.

    The practical effect of having the cause and the effect co-located in the object is that there are no responsible subjects.  Nobody's responsible for actions undertaken, only for what happens to him/her.  It's a variant of "blame the victim" which only differs in that, good or bad, everyone's responsible for his own fate.  That's how Saddam Hussein came to be considered responsible for the invasion of Iraq, even though the "decider" was sitting in Washington.

    But, the "decider" designation was not an admission of responsibility on GWB's part.  To decide is to have an idea and, while the intent may be taken for the act and explain how the mission could be declared accomplished before it was half begun, an idea is not an act.  That's the beauty of being an idealist; one doesn't have to do a thing.

    The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

    by hannah on Mon Dec 27, 2010 at 08:18:07 AM PST

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    •  No relation to Ayn Rand "Objectivism" (1+ / 0-)
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      but it plays right into the same mind-set. "You're on your own, and whatever happens to you is All Your Own Fault."  :-P'''''' [razz]

      If it's
      Not your body
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      AND it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Mon Dec 27, 2010 at 08:26:06 AM PST

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