In this Paid-Member Issue:
- Never Let a Crisis Go To Waste
- Red Pill vs. Blue Pill
- Guilt to Crisis and Back to Guilt
- Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)
Never Let a Crisis Go To Waste
The very first questions one might ask themselves:
- What crisis?
- What are you really afraid of?
- Where's the fire?
In that oft-repeated cynical-Democrat saying dripping with puerile ha-ha political machination to advance power at the expense of populist weakness—practical politics—should be the recognition that it's a question-begging logical fallacy. I know that gets eye-rolls but try to bear with me. It's good to understand this pervasive technique to get you to swallow bullshit without question. Call it pervasive persuasion for weak minds. I don't think the self-proclaimed master-of-persuasion, Scott Adams, has a clue about it.
Simply stated, question-begging is an informal fallacy and the most misused phrase in all of English. Nothing you are hearing "begs the question"—unless they know what they are talking about; that's near to impossible. Things can raise questions. Something said can bring a question to mind.
In classical rhetoric and logic, begging the question or assuming the conclusion (Latin: petitio principii) is an informal fallacy that occurs when an argument's premises assume the truth of the conclusion, instead of supporting it.
The question-beg in never let a crisis go to waste is that it assumes the premise, that there is a "crisis" in the true sense of the word.
The first thing to understand about crisis is that they are never global. Not even the Spanish Flu of 1918/19 was a global crisis. In natural terms on the worldwide human population of the time, it was a mere flesh wound. The vast majority overcame it, it culled lots of the weak, and the affected came out stronger for it.
All true and remarkable crises are local or regional. Always. There has never been an exception in the history of humanity. The last global crisis on earth was attended to by dinosaurs. It largely wiped them out. Yep, global crisis. Check. Humans are as-yet unable to create a global crisis—they perhaps could if all nukes were launched in a global dispersion. Take that to heart and think about it. It's a pernicious lie to engender your fear and compliance, followed by your submission to all who stand to gain.