The Joy Of Killing!*
Here’s a follow-up to Saturday’s entry about whether or not it is good policy to want to die for your beliefs.
My assertion was it seems senseless to want to do so. I quoted Bertrand Russell who famously said he’d never do it because what if he was wrong in his beliefs?
A couple of guys eloquently told me and Bertie in the comments section that we were full of shit.
The commenters didn’t cause me to change my mind, despite their well thought out positions. In fact, I’ll add another line of reasoning to my original assertion.
I don’t want to die for my beliefs because, well, my worst and most rabid enemies want me and my beliefs to die. (Not that I have many enemies or, for that matter, any at all; this, keep in mind, is all theoretical.)
Anyway, the more pressing question should be, Would you kill for your beliefs?
Well, Pencillistas, whaddya say?
[* Quote in headline from Mark Twain’s Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World.]
Letting Others Do The Work For Me
Now then, here are a few links to interesting things (because I really have nothing else to say today that I haven’t said before or that others haven’t already said.)
◗ h/t to Chicago theater maven Albert Williams who points out Charley Pierce’s Esquire mag blog post about the notorious “ratfuckers” of the Nixon gang back in the 1970s. Pierce asserts they were merely the opening act for later Republican operatives and hijinks-makers.
◗ You know that study everybody’s talking about, the one that looks into the hearts and minds of the fundamentalists, evangelicals, and Tea Party-ists that now make up more than half of the Republican Party? The interwebs have been flush with opininionation (yup, I just made up the word) on its findings.
Well, here’s the study in toto.
◗ We’re a bunch of scared rabbits now; for no good reason. Historian and all-around good guy Rick Perlstein explains how and why in The Nation.
That should hold you over until I feel brilliant again, which probably will be tomorrow morning.