Something Dark

I was thinking about this post concerning economic fallacies when I was struck with the importance of a well known fact of the human condition: there is something dark in all of us that makes us want to impose our will on others. This allows us to accept bogus arguments that lend credence to our desires. This is all the easier when we can argue in terms of “the common good” or “national security” or “family values”. What we need to fear is not terrorists, communists, the radical left or the radical right, but ourselves. We are easily seduced by the notion that our ideas should be imposed on others, whether they like it or not. We are all latent thugs.

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