Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, January 18, 2010

Quote of the Day - Sociology Edition

Quote of the Day - Sociology Edition

I've been saving this one for a while now:
There is a certain tier of our personal and societal operating system that is herd based. Unless you have both the capacity and will to transcend this, your operative mode will be primarily that of a herd member.

Most humans are neither interested in, nor capable of, the sort of extended autonomous operations that is the signature of herd transcendence.

Kings are nothing more than the herd alphas, who have fought their way to the top of the stack using the operating methods of herd pecking order, which is sometimes gross physical combat and sometimes not.

Our libertarian concept of "neither seeking to rule, nor accept being ruled" is fundamentally revolutionary: it fundamentally removes the fully operational human from the herd context. It is a qualitative difference between humans, and our society, America, is one of the few (only?) to even attempt to recognize, foster and celebrate this.

Which is all fine and dandy, until the herd, which hasn't gone away, goes WTF?

-- TheGeekWithA.45 in the comment thread to Entropy Happens from last September.
And on that note, I rejoin the herd workforce!

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