Quote of the day—Lyle @ UltiMAK

As the communists have been saying; never let a good crisis go to waste. It follows logically then that they should never waste the opportunity to manufacture a good crisis. It’s just good policy. It’s what you do if you want to keep the funding coming in.

Lyle @ UltiMAK
March 2, 2011
In a comment here.
[The manufacturing of crises not limited to communists. The “War on Drugs” was created by a conservative hero. History is filled with them by Fascists, the Green Party and probably nearly every political party.

I always marvel at the number of people that seem to think all solutions involve “doing something”. I suspect it is in our genetic code. The witch doctor has to dance before it will rain and a virgin has to be sacrificed to prevent the volcano from exploding, right?

I think Libertarians could legitimately claim any number of crises exist but nearly everyone ignores them even if it is true. Probably because the solutions are to defund action rather than to fund action. Solutions that involve not “doing something” instead of more “doing something” don’t resonate with the majority of people. At some level our politicians/witch-doctors know this and always continue dancing and sacrificing virgins.—Joe]


5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Lyle @ UltiMAK

  1. I think it’s not so much the “do something” impulse, which strikes me as far too valuable at an individual to community level to discard casually, as it is the juvenile “somebody *else* do something” impulse.

    Modern 1st-world women, for example, don’t really want to stop rape. Oh, they want rape stopped, certainly; they just want somebody *else* to stop it *for* them. Because if modern women in the 1st-world really wanted to stop rape, they’d be identifying the people most at risk of rape, getting them firearms and the training to use them appropriately, and then rewarding those people for carrying openly. Very few of them are doing that. Because they want somebody *else* to stop rape *for* them.

    This is not misogyny, BTW, because almost exactly the same thing can be said about modern 1st-world men, false rape accusations, and digital recorders, and that’s hardly misandry. It’s simply normal, responsible adulthood; if you really want something done about it, the first person you should be expecting to do something about it is. . .well, you.

  2. A time-honored method for politicians to keep in power.

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
    -H. L. Mencken

  3. The “War on SOME Drugs” had a little help from the former U.S. House of Representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district, Walt Minnick… He helped to got the DEA started.

  4. I really like your witch-doctor/politician analogy, Joe. I try that one out in conversations.


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