Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Rightward Experiment has Failed

The key theory of the Right is that people are prone to  laziness, violence, hysteria, and sin, and that they must be treated with threats, force, and commandments. The right argues that treating people badly is best. The key theory of the Left is that much of what people do that is wrong is out of ignorance, or the response to maltreatment. The left argues that treating people well is best. Across this chasm the left and the right shout at each other.

The rightward drift came as an aging gerontocracy believed that the solution to violent abuse not working, was more violent abuse. The solution to a plutocracy impoverishing the nation, was more plutocracy, the solution to consumption making a sick, was to have more, lower quality, consumption.


  1. Keep up the good work. Not to many comments around these parts, but I've appreciated your take on the world since 2003.

  2. Thank you, welcome to my very humble abode. Other projects have taken precedence over blogging for the time being.

  3. I'm always glad to read your posts, Stirling, you are so much more upbeat about the future than most people. So many other bloggers prognosticate that the future is 1984's "boot stomping on a human face forever."

    I remember my Straw Boss telling me that at his church they taught, and he believed, that children are born wicked and it must be forced out of them. I thought, "How do people go through their lives like this?"

  4. "How do people go through their lives like this?"

    By making life nasty, brutish, and short.

  5. Reminds me of a saying I read somewhere: "Conservatives believe that to get rich people to work harder you need to pay them more, but to get poor people to work harder you need to pay them less."