Narrative and Taboo, VII

One explanation for why people consent to live under the rule of law imposed by a central authority, and to pay taxes to that central authority, is that the central authority provides protection and the administration of justice, which individuals could not provide themselves, at least not as cheaply, efficiently or effectively as can the central authority.

Unfortunately, human nature being what it is, principal-agent problems arise. The people associated with the central authority, their living provided for them from tax revenue extracted with the threat of violence from the populace, lose their grip on reality and tend to indulge themselves in implementing fantasy projects, and ultimately neglect their most basic functions – providing security and the administration of justice.

This development has come to pass in Sweden, which was once a shining example of a civilised, productive and harmonious society, but has now fallen victim to the gross miscalculations arising from the fantasy policies of left-wing misanthropes, and the predations of the barbaric demons those misanthropes have summoned from deep in the interior of stone-age societies.

The central authority having demonstrably failed to provide protection to those to whom it is charge to offer such protection, the populace has begun fighting back.

And not just in Sweden.

What I want you to consider is, what comes next. The population, for so long cowed under the negative stereotyping of the misanthropes, is beginning to gain an appreciation of its own strength. When combined with the fuel of outrage at what has been done to their country, and indignation at the injustice of the central authority’s favouring the demons over the tax-paying citizens, we have the ingredients for a revolt against perceived enemies.

We now have a three-way fight-to-the-death between the misanthropes, the demons, and the tax-payers. An ugly outcome is assured.

Observing all of this, I am starting to think that of all imperatives in managing one’s mind, the highest is that of epistemic rationality.

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About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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