Monday, September 07, 2009

Kill the messenger

New York Times:

Were there 1,000 angry people with guns outside the town halls, or just one angry guy we saw 1,000 times?

Yesterday, some parent was interviewed on television saying he didn't want Obama turning his school-aged children into "little community organizers."

Which is only scary insofar as it produces greater intolerance toward the misinformed and greater fidelity to whatever portion of state power will keep them in check.


GroovyJ said...

The problem here is, while it is broadly true that these people are misinformed rather than knowingly complicit in the evils they endorse, it is also true that they are willfully and knowingly misinformed, and will indeed resist any attempt to inform them with violence.

Yes, it's true that it's not really their fault, but it's only true in the sense that free will is an illusion. Insofar as anyone is responsible for anything, these people are responsible for their beliefs. They choose the beliefs that allow them to expend their anger on easy targets, rather than it building against the people who are the real problem.

In a broad sense, the only real us vs them is workers vs parasites. In any real sense, people who choose to be deceived are a part of the problem, not a part of the solution.

JRB said...

I can't say whether people are "willfully and knowingly misinformed." I presume they have heard arguments that resonate with them. I don't see why that can't happen again.