This is why we can’t have nice things
August 24, 2016 § 40 Comments
Proposal: modern politics is analogous to a black hole, because at its very center is a self contradictory logical singularity where all reason breaks down.
The model is incomplete (as we should expect), and far from perfect. I’m not really sure what I think of it myself, even though I drew it. But in the Internet age folks seem to like diagrams as a basis for discussion: I remember seeing question-begging text based libertarian diamond diagrams on Usenet way back in the late eighties or early nineties, years before the first web browsers.
Because modern politics – liberalism – is insane and self contradictory, it can be very difficult to describe as an objective phenomenon situated in reality. This is mostly a description of how things look from various positions inside the modern mind trap. Locally, politics looks kind of like a spectrum from left to right. When left liberals look to the right they see through the translucent right liberals to the nazis beyond. When right liberals look left they see through the translucent left liberals to the Stalinists beyond. What you see when you look around depends very much upon where you stand.
And just about everyone is trapped in the inescapable gravity well.