When Smart People Unwittingly Embarrass Themselves

I feel embarrassed for people who assume that the governing of others is legitimate and necessary.

They’ll be speaking right along, making good sense, and suddenly they slip. They’ll say something in support of some theft-funded government program, or democrazy, or some politician. Or even more likely, they’ll randomly bash a politician or policy that goes against how they think humans should be managed, robbed, and controlled.

Their credibility takes a hit, and I suddenly feel embarrassed for them. My daughter would call this kind of gaff “cringeworthy”.

They don’t even realize they goofed. They’ll believe they stayed consistent and rational and smart, even while expressing their belief in an ancient superstitious belief in “authority” or government.

If you’re trying to impress others by how smart you are, but you don’t see that theft is wrong even when you like where the stolen money will go, your “argument” falls flat on its face.

Sometimes their lecture or article is otherwise pure gold, but then they feel the need to insert these air pockets of absurdity– voids of statist “woo”– which take away from the value of the rest. The rest of what they say might be based on firm facts and evidence, but they sneak the statism in there so it will be mistaken for fact, too. It’s not. It’s opinion. Very weak and baseless opinion. That’s all that excuses statism.

I shouldn’t be embarrassed for other people when they say stupid things. But I am. I can’t help it. I want to help them stop saying dumb things and embarrassing themselves. But when they refuse to see that what they said is dumb, due to being blinded by their superstition, they won’t believe they need to change. It’s sad. And painfully embarrassing.

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