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On Dissent, Treason And Sedition (I)

One of the primary ways in which a government increases its legitimacy and induces its citizens to support it above and beyond their own interests is by assimilating the concepts of “opposition” and “crime”. The social-contract theory of the English Empiricist philosophers, upon which most of our political thinking is based, saw the essence of […]

Posted on November 21, 2010 at 19:48 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On Dissent, Treason And Sedition (II)

A whole family of rhetorical devices emphasises the link between political opposition and unsafe streets. In the UK, the criterion for reading of the Riot Acts and thereby the use of deadly force against the citizenry involves the causing of fear in a strong-minded person. Since enabling citizens to walk the streets with no fear […]

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 12:17 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The New Normality

It seems more and more that politics is now fundamentally asymmetrical, in that centrists and leftists are obliged, to get elected, to posture as right-wingers, even as what used to be the extreme right; whereas right-wingers no longer have to posture as progressives. For them, posturing as more moderate right-wingers seems to be enough of […]

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 21:36 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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Fair And Balanced

I have heard it said that it is predominantly the hard-line conservatives in the USA who volubly disbelieve in the very possibility of journalistic neutrality and impartiality, and that such disbelief is indeed a defining feature of the American Right. This is, however, precisely the opposite of my own impressions, gained from listening to and […]

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 11:32 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Political Default Setting

It is no doubt unrealistic to expect wild-eyed radicals of every stripe to be given equal time with the mainstream consensus. Where that necessarily leaves us, however, is with an ideal of impartiality that rests upon the hidden assumption that things should be more or less the way they are now, and that what we […]

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 10:05 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Stratagem 32

One of the simpler rhetorical tricks is guilt by association (or the Odious Category in Arthur Schopenhauer’s analysis of the art of controversy, see http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/s/schopenhauer/arthur/controversy/chapter3.html). We observe this well in politics, where any specific proposal, no matter how reasoned or modest, can be annihilated by a cry of “But that’s XYZ-ism!” It having been made […]

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 10:59 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Issue That May Not Be Named

The key to ruling over the modern United States appears to be attributing practically everything to religion, race or gender. In most societies, sexism, racism and religious bigotry serve as a distraction from the real business of oppression, which is always about class, in the classic sense of relationship to the means of production. For […]

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 10:13 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Because It Feels Good

Those who are astonished at the transparent lies of demagogues and the gullibility of their audience are missing the point. Lies have the same emotional effect on the liars as on those who believe them honestly. For example, intoning, “We were victims of an unprovoked attack” causes a rush of righteous indignation that is equally […]

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 09:52 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sycophantic Selection

Human civilisation may be old enough to allow for a process of unnatural selection whereby sycophancy to absolute rulers led to greater reproductive opportunities while defiance led to an abrupt end to the lineage – especially when emperors used to exterminate the entire family of anyone who annoyed them. If a cognitive architecture that is […]

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 11:14 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Wickedness Of Objecting To What We Do

The individual manipulator’s trick of making the problem all about his victim’s emotional response to his, the oppressor’s, own misdeeds is replicated at the social level in memes such as “the politics of envy” and “the politics of resentment”. Once these memes have been launched, exploiting our assumption that bad emotions are experienced only by […]

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 12:10 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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