Problems with “Authority”

I don’t mean I have problems with “authority”, I mean there are problems with the concept of “authority”. Besides it being the most dangerous superstition.

Obviously, I’m speaking of political “authority”, not expertise. Two unrelated concepts; one word used for both. Confusing by design.

“Authority” is the power to molest. That’s really all it is. This power is based on superstition, but beliefs have consequences.

Probably, in the big picture, this is the thing “conservatives” get most wrong. Along with their absolute rejection of their greatest responsibility, while crowing about everyone else’s “responsibility”, that is. They don’t understand what “authority” is, so they end up worshiping something nasty and disgusting, and criticizing others who see it more honestly than they do.

Political “authority” isn’t a real thing. You shouldn’t respect it. But you should realize dunderheads will murder you if they feel you have disrespected their delusional “authority”. Individual beware.

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Kent McManigal

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