I decided yesterday to begin ridding my Facebook feed of politics entirely. Stuff I don't like and even the little bit I like -- oh, I may leave Reason magazine, their efforts to make lemonade from sour grapefruit and stones can be amusing -- but otherwise, it's all got to go. Why? Because it is entirely non-productive; most political postings there encourage and feed on rage and smugness. They don't bring about rational discussions of important issues but instead run to shouting mobs of yes-men and naysayers.
Well, to hell with that. Y'all can have your grotty little civil war if you like but I'm not playing; just ring me up when it's my turn to be taken out and shot -- and don't expect me to go quietly.
What, harsh? If that hive of scum and villainy was the only sample you had, you'd be pretty sure bombs and assassinations were right around the corner. The lack of faith in the structure and basic institutions of the Federal government is so predominant as to irk even my skeptical libertarian sensibilities. While a lot of it is arrant nonsense, based on a lack of understanding of sheer inertia of the fed.gov juggernaut and a studied refusal to accept the Law Of Large Numbers,* it is nevertheless dangerous to the extent that a country's government runs on the faith people have in it.
Not even the Chicken Little media is doing a better job of undermining that essential confidence than the meme-of-the-moment fools on social media.
* Which I will render in simple terms as, "Sucks in detail, works fine in broad outline." This isn't exactly right but gives the flavor of the thing.
8 months ago