Mother Jones has an interesting article on the fall of a Canadian radio star to charges of cruelty to women. In trying explain why it took so long for this behavior to come to light, Tasneem Raja explains that nobody would have suspected such a politically correct man of such incorrectness:
It just doesn’t make sense that this beloved, artsy, liberal, talented public radio star with the Flock of Seagulls haircut and the cool jeans allegedly has a weird thing going on involving a teddy bear and punching women in the face till their ears ring and forcing his cock into their mouths until they nearly vomit.
And in a reference to events south of the border Raja adds, “just like it doesn’t make sense that the beloved fatherly comedian who reminds you of sweaters and pudding pops has been accused over and over of drugging women and sexually assaulting them. Or that the beloved all-American champion football coach is a serial child molester. And so on, and so on.”
But actually it makes perfect sense. There’s a connection, believe it or not, between abuse of trust and yesterday’s post on the rise of private money in response to to the debasement of the public tender. Back in the Great Depression, when people lost trust in their institutions, they began to work with each other and issue local scrip.
It’s all about trust. The point of scrip and self-help in general is not to have too much of it.
This reflects itself in the way we network with people. The most important tool of libertarians is the P2P or peer-to-peer network. This is how Napster used to work and that is how Bitcoin works. “Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing or networking is a distributed application architecture that partitions tasks or work loads between peers. Peers are equally privileged, equipotent participants in the application.”
Nobody has a privileged position. Nobody has all the trust.
By contrast, the “liberal” or leftist world and the entertainment industry work on the opposite principle. With socialism there’s the Vanguard and the Masses. With Hollywood there’s the Star and there’s the Audience. The whole purpose of these systems is to build hierarchies of power. One side has the monopoly of money, force and trust. The other side has the need to trust.
This basic asymmetry means that, under socialism government is not ‘another word for things we choose to do together’. It is another word for something that tells you what to do.
All hierarchs can use the royal “we”. Now modern leaders try to hide this fact, but sometimes the pose slips. For example, president Obama recently said: “and sometimes someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay at home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.” The ‘we’ in the last sentence is the royal ‘we’.
You can’t retort: “who are you anyway?” Because the implicit reply is: “I’m the president”.