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Righteousness + Force in America: The Trap of Activism Coupled with Power

Started by ammodotcom, October 11, 2021, 07:54:53 AM

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There are two ways of getting things done: persuasion or coercion. You either convince someone of the value of your ideas or you hold a (literal or metaphorical) gun to their head. The latter has been the norm throughout human history. Most of what we value about the contemporary West is a shift toward the former occurring over the last 250 years or so.

However, there's an important difference between the despotisms of old and coercive governments in the modern era: modern-day tyrants frame themselves as the righteous side in any conflict.

Think about it: Ancient Persian Emperors and the German Kaiser didn't paint themselves as the moral superiors of their enemies. They simply wanted their stuff and, if they could, they took it. In contrast, during the American Civil War or the Allied cause during World War II, force didn't justify itself. Instead, force was justified by the righteousness of the cause.

(President Lincoln openly, repeatedly stated more than a year into the Civil War that his call to "end slavery" was a useful means by which to justify his real objective: To preserve the Union.)

The need to justify force with righteousness is not limited to wartime. Every new coercive law or regulation is justified not on the basis of "I'm strong enough to take your stuff and so I think I will," but because "our cause is just." While some who would take your freedom or your life are motivated by their desire for power, the most vicious monsters in human history were all motivated by righteousness. They seek to perfect creation, no matter what the cost, rather than simply acquire power for its own end - a philosophically important distinction.

It is this philosophy of using state power to impose one's morality on others that in part has made American politics such a bloodsport nowadays. If you follow the thread from the Abolitionist movement (which provided moral justification for the Union's invasion of the Confederacy) through the Temperance movement (which culminated in Prohibition) to the Progressivism movement as we detail below, you'll see why.

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Quote from: ammodotcom on October 11, 2021, 07:54:53 AM

There are two ways of getting things done: persuasion or coercion. You either convince someone of the value of your ideas or you hold a (literal or metaphorical) gun to their head. The latter has been the norm throughout human history. Most of what we value about the contemporary West is a shift toward the former occurring over the last 250 years or so.

However, there's an important difference between the despotisms of old and coercive governments in the modern era: modern-day tyrants frame themselves as the righteous side in any conflict.

Think about it: Ancient Persian Emperors and the German Kaiser didn't paint themselves as the moral superiors of their enemies. They simply wanted their stuff and, if they could, they took it. In contrast, during the American Civil War or the Allied cause during World War II, force didn't justify itself. Instead, force was justified by the righteousness of the cause.

(President Lincoln openly, repeatedly stated more than a year into the Civil War that his call to "end slavery" was a useful means by which to justify his real objective: To preserve the Union.)

The need to justify force with righteousness is not limited to wartime. Every new coercive law or regulation is justified not on the basis of "I'm strong enough to take your stuff and so I think I will," but because "our cause is just." While some who would take your freedom or your life are motivated by their desire for power, the most vicious monsters in human history were all motivated by righteousness. They seek to perfect creation, no matter what the cost, rather than simply acquire power for its own end - a philosophically important distinction.

It is this philosophy of using state power to impose one's morality on others that in part has made American politics such a bloodsport nowadays. If you follow the thread from the Abolitionist movement (which provided moral justification for the Union's invasion of the Confederacy) through the Temperance movement (which culminated in Prohibition) to the Progressivism movement as we detail below, you'll see why.

Continue reading Righteousness + Force in America: The Trap of Righteous Activism Coupled with State Power at Ammo.com.

What humans try to claim as "righteousness" is not. Humans thru out history have used force and called it "righteousness". In the same way, the liberal Democrats are trying to claim and force that "safety" is more important than freedom.

Similarly, Socialism and Communism is being touted as "fair" and "equitable" as blatant discrimination is supported, aided, encouraged and promoted.
RV

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path."

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Quote from: RV on October 11, 2021, 09:04:46 AMWhat humans try to claim as "righteousness" is not. Humans thru out history have used force and called it "righteousness". In the same way, the liberal Democrats are trying to claim and force that "safety" is more important than freedom.

Similarly, Socialism and Communism is being touted as "fair" and "equitable" as blatant discrimination is supported, aided, encouraged and promoted.

Might makes right. "Righteousness" thus describes the actions of the dominant force – or at least the one that has convinced itself of its dominance, because it's monopolized the echo chamber.
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Quote from: ammodotcom on October 12, 2021, 04:03:51 PMMight makes right. "Righteousness" thus describes the actions of the dominant force – or at least the one that has convinced itself of its dominance, because it's monopolized the echo chamber.

Ah so, if someone is criminal enough to molest your kids, rape your wife or daughter or hold a gun to your head so they can steal from your household, they have the might so that makes it "right"? Say, we may as well do away with the Constitution, laws and law enforcement because after all, "might makes right"...
RV

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path."