Saturday, April 6, 2013

A look at culture wars....

Chas, as he is wont to do, brings teh Smart.  A resident of Colorado, he doesn't fit into what the mainstream media's mold of a gun-owner and 2nd Amendment supporter.   Chas has an understanding of culture wars and the futility of banning items to cause change in human behavior.  An excerpt:

The "wish to ban" is an odd psychological phenomenon. Some people do think that if we removed a certain class of inanimate objects from the world, all would be fine, the lion would lie down with the lamb, and no one would hurt each other. (See also Prohibition, War on [Some] Drugs.)

Or we might have again the high murder rates of the Middle Ages and such gun-free zones as the Hundred Years War, the genocidal conquests of Genghiz Khan and Tamerlane, and the Crusades. Want to try the experiment?

As Glenn Reynolds would say, read the whole thing.

5 comments:

Brigid said...

I banned cheese during lent. Still gained 3 pounds from the candy.

There IS no perfect world made safe by the removal of objects as long as the evil intents of man continue to breathe.

Midwest Chick said...

Brigid,
Exactly. And it seems that the evil intents live most in the action of banning--those who wish to ban, although perhaps acting from what they feel are the best of intentions, cause evil to thrive by creating 'the forbidden'. Sometimes their intentions are part of what I would consider to be an evil intention--disarming and infantilizing the public.

Chas Clifton said...

Thanks for the link!

Old NFO said...

Banning = irrational fear... There is NO connection to reality!

armedlaughing said...

"Yea, so the lion shall lie down with the lamb...
But the lamb won't get much sleep."
- Woody Allen


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