Sunday, August 19, 2012

Not supposed to work on the Sabbath

So, here's some links:

Serve your country, lose your rights. This right here is some bullshit.

Reason #3,647 we have failed as a species. Because we haven't even learned from Nuremberg.

Why do we obey? I mean, besides "because they have guns..."

To protect and serve... Making sure no dog goes unkilled, no child unhandcuffed, and above all, making sure those handcuffed children sit next to their dead dog for an hour or so. Would you be surprised if I told you they were raiding the wrong house?

You are 8 times more likely to be murdered by police than a terrorist. 8 times. 8. Times.

Well, that's all for now. I'm gonna go eat some cake.


  1. Regarding the article on obedience:

    "Freedom is in fact free. It is collectivism – authoritarianism – whose costs are incalculable."

    A most amusing turn of the most annoying phrase: "Freedome isn't free."

    "The great tragedy of our time is not that human liberty is dying. It is that so many of us are willing accomplices in its murder."

    A lot of it has to do with culture. We grow up respecting certain authority, even if we do not respect the specific authoritarians, if you will. Voluntary Servitude is one of the best books on this subject I have read; it is a timeless classic because it deals with human nature that does not change.

    Another aspect is fear. Christopher Browning's "Ordinary Men" is eye opening. People try to argue that these men were only ordinary Germans, but the Holocaust puts lie to that. Millions of people from all over Europe were sucked up in the death machine; their reactions can be applied to all of humanity because the sample size is more than large enough. But that is going off track slightly. To deal specifically with the arguments against Browning's thesis, there is enough data to dismiss them. They are important questions, to be sure, but you can't just look at that specific time and ignore human nature over thousands of years. How did the atrocities at Abu Ghraib happen? What about the Stanford Prison experiment? These and much more deal with similar psychology and motivations.

    But this comment is getting too long.

  2. No such thing as too long. Thanks for the added link and the insight. In my opinion, "just following orders" is only a self-consoling lie they tell themselves.

    No human being can be trusted with power over others.