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When Do You Get Cancelled?

I have a low regard for that quote for the simple reason I've seen it breathlessly posted for decades as though it's some new discovery or insight, when the simple fact is that nobody gives an eff, really.

I suppose it's the same sort of psychology of not paying too much regard to accident scenes with mangled human bodies strewn all over, because that's the shit that happens to other people.

The bromide I've always prefered is the one where the power to burn the books you don't like is the same power to burn your Bibles.

This all speaks to operating by principles but the so-called principled actors—Republicans, conservatives, religious—only give lip service to their core principles. They have little choice. While most can respect another's religious or core beliefs, it's hard to take seriously stuff like God said or The Bible says.

1 - In any conflict between two men (or two groups) who hold the same basic principles, it is the more consistent one who wins.

2 - In any collaboration between two men (or two groups) who hold different basic principles, it is the more evil or irrational one who wins.

"The Anatomy of Compromise," Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Ayn Rand, p. 145; bold emphasis mine for differentiation

We've been watching that play out since 1917 globally. The above was written many decades ago. Do note that capitalism has zero to do with statutory and/or publicly traded corporations. That's corporatism, i.e., fascism, properly defined—an alliance and partnership between state and big business. Does that ring a bell?

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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