Posts Tagged ‘power’

A green case against liberalism

Thanks to a five decade association between the two in the West, environmentalism and liberalism seem to be joined at the hip. This was not always so, and the original “green” movement would never have approved of what liberalism has converted it into. Green criticisms of liberalism start with the realization that liberal policies create…

The creeping hand of power

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” they told me in high school, with stern expressions to let me know I had been exposed to profundity. I have a different supposition: Power is a virus. If not taken out of the hands of individuals and directed toward some abstract but realistic goal like the growth of a civilization,…

Blackwater

When you were a kid, you may have been fortunate enough to have one of those tedious, blown-out old guys down the block who would always compare any current event to some distant dusty greyed-out happening in ancient times. “You know kid,” they’d rasp in those death warmed over voices, “Every time they raise gas…

People of Earth

In the common parlance, it is often said that power corrupts, but this generally applies to people who are personally unstable and spiritually undisciplined, and so once they escape the corset of social obligation, they act out their suppressed inner fantasies with deranged results. The flip side of power is that it teaches a form…

Cops

Or How Abusive Authority is Not Authority Itself Most people like to see the world in two sides, x versus y, a linear equation. They would like you to believe that there’s a right way, and a wrong way, universally, of doing things. They would like you to believe that some people are evil and…

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