Monday, June 10, 2013

Violence is Golden

 A very good read:

A lot of people like to think they are “non-violent.” Generally, people claim to “abhor” the use of violence, and violence is viewed negatively by most folks. Many fail to differentiate between just and unjust violence. Some especially vain, self-righteous types like to think they have risen above the nasty, violent cultures of their ancestors. They say that “violence isn’t the answer.” They say that “violence doesn’t solve anything.”
They’re wrong. Every one of them relies on violence, every single day.
Our complex society relies on proxy violence to the extent that many average people in the private sector can wander through life without really having to understand or think deeply about violence, because we are removed from it. We can afford to perceive it as a distant, abstract problem to be solved through high-minded strategy and social programming. When violence comes knocking, we simply make a call, and the police come to “stop” the violence. Few civilians really take the time to think that what we are essentially doing is paying an armed band protection money to come and do orderly violence on our behalf.
In it's entirety:

Violence is Golden



  1. I read this article...several times.

    I agree that many people think they are non- violent and perhaps aren't quite as peaceful as they think, but the examples he states are not exactly right.

    I do not think that everyone complies because of an under lying threat of violence. I do not follow rules because I think if I don't I might get cold-cocked and while I agree my kids might listen out of "fear" it isn't fear of violence.

    Tragically, my non-violent tendency was all to non violent.

    I do, of course, agree that in more circumstance than we like to admit, violence is the answer. The best answer. The only answer.

    I do not think violence is bad and in fact work towards being more violent if ever I am faced with a mortal threat, but I disagree that some people are not non-violent. Sadly, there are more non-violent out there are regardless of why that tendency is dangerous one.

  2. Random yet Tangential Quote from Antiquity:
    “Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”
    ― Heraclitus