Shorter Megan McArdle: Why does evil exist? Is it possible that good people could do bad things?
That's our Megan. Ignore thousands of years of debate in philosophy and religion to idly wonder how something could possibly be so.
UPDATE: A commenter inadvertently provides an answer to Megan's question, how could white people have been so cruel to black people in the old, old days? He says the bus driver could have been the reason, who would have been too scared of the law to fight discrimination. This is the authoritarian mind at work. It seeks to excuse away callous behavior and assumes everyone bows cravenly to authority. People do this because they were raised to obey authority unquestioningly, and consequently cut off their own emotions to deal with the difficulty of repressing themselves in the service of others' needs and wants.
Monday, January 19, 2009
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Oh dear God. Did you see Megan's eternal sycophant ass-kisser Mousey showing up in the comments?
"I'm rather impressed that you can wonder how a normal, ordinary person can turn degraded in this fashion when almost every single post you write turns up at least a half-dozen commenters who, believing they can act in a capacity without any consequences that will haunt them personally, have no problem issuing bitter and vile insults against your job skills, your intelligence, your personal identity, your very right to exist, and any other convenient target on their wishlist."
That's right. People questioning Megan's abilities as a writer and a thinker are just like the white bullies that thought black people were subhumans and treated them accordingly. My goodness, that's probably the dumbest thing I've ever read in my life.
How did I miss that? I'll be right back.
So, people are innately evil and criticism of Megan is proof of that. Heh.
It's interesting that most of the commenters think legal discrimination can't be fought. Sometimes I wonder how we won the Revolutionary War. If it happened today, 67% of Tory-Americans would turn on and torture the rebels out of fear of the law.
How much money does David Bradley have?
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