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Words Poorly Used #74 — Education

The experience of school teaches the same thing as prison does, that survival is dependent on maximum control of the hierarchy. The warden/principal must make sure that all aggression goes down the structure, not up. Neither bullies nor rapists are of any real concern, to the upper tiers, since the lower in the hierarchy a victim stands, the higher the penalties for upsetting the order. Read the full thing

Words Poorly Used #73: Avoiding War

There were a post and a thread of discussion on Facebook today covering the POTUS-Elect's nomination for Secretary of State. Someone ventured that we (the USA, I suppose) would "avoid war with Russia." One, we never avoid war, it is the health of the state (per Randolph Bourne), and it is the wealth of the oligarchy. And it is the joystick of the powerful. Two, haven't every POTUS and SOS always avoided war with Russia, or did I miss an episode? Give a little, take a little, but don't break up the game. Read the full thing

Words Poorly Used #72: Oligarchy

I got in trouble last month for using the term “oligarchy” in, admittedly, a pejorative sense. Here’s what I wrote on Facebook: “No matter how one votes tomorrow, the winner will be oligarchy A or oligarchy B (where A = B).” Very good friends called me to task for this logic fallacy, justifiably so since I had committed several logic fallacies, the worst of which was the fallacy of begging the question. My premises assumed their own truth without establishment. Is the USA really run by an oligarchy? Read the full thing

Words Poorly Used #71 — Majority

The two party system has grown from the fallacy of conflation.  Each party annexes wedge issues, then does nothing with them other than to form majorities within the herds of people.  Neither is a true majority, but a majority of a majority and/or a majority of a minority.  The former is rare, the latter is dominant, often describing both majors, then “third parties” are perforce smaller and smaller minorities, the majority of each must be smaller than its minority share of the whole.  Thus, even if there are 100 choices, 98 of them will have less effect than the top two — the oligarchy only has to recognize and manipulate the top two.  If some third party should unseat the second party, then the oligarchy only has to pretend that it makes a difference.  The cases in which a third party overtakes both of the leading two parties are nearly unheard of.  In any event, we can be assured in every realistic sense that a majority will never rule.  Only the oligarchy rules. — Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing

Words Poorly Used #70 — Market

The market is chaotic, therefore adaptive, responsive, communicative, evolving, instantaneously.  The state is the attempt to freeze change, therefore inimical to markets.  The claim is that markets can be stabilized by central planners.  The market, however, is as a river flowing to the sea.  The staying power of markets is the ability to survive change, even intervention. Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing