The Righteous and Ridicule

The Righteous and Ridicule PDF Version

Here is  a good definition of ridicule.

“The act of using words, gestures, images, or other products of expression to evoke laughter or contemptuous feelings regarding a person or thing.” American Heritage Dictionary.

Is ask you. is there ever an occasion where a good thinking, highly sentient, honest person should  use ridicule as a tool or for any reason? At first glance it seems one would  lower ones self considerably by engaging in such unsophisticated simple minded discourse.

Even non Christians seem to believe Jesus was honest and straight forward. Here is Jesus engaging in, lets say, righteous ridicule.  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matthew 23:13

This is ridicule. Why would Jesus lower himself to engage in ridicule? Is there anything honest and straight forward he could say or do to change their behavior? No, absolutely nothing. Debating them would gain nothing. They were not truth seekers. They were the kind who would say or do anything to get what they want.

Given our leadership today, would they or would they say anything to get their way? If you are not in an honest discussion then there is no point in presenting a gentlemanly argument. Is it a fight or an academic argument?

The fact is that our leaders are sociopaths and really not really trying to do the right thing. They just appear to be doing so.

Remember “Lets Go Brandon.” How effective was the use of “F… Joe Biden on that particular occasion. “Lets Go Brandon.” probably accomplished more for opponents of Joe Biden than all of the honest conversation about his liabilities since 2020.

So, when does it make sense to use ridicule? Ridicule is to a sociopath like kryptonite is to Superman. It is said that a sociopath has no conscience.  The do have something that serves like a conscience. A sociopath is highly sensitive to how he comes across to others. Being ill thought of is definitely something for a sociopath to completely avoid. What if a sociopath found himself to be ill thought of? He would retool and present himself in a different way.

So, in order to win against a sociopath ridicule turns out to be the best tool in the arsenal. And, winning is all that can be accomplished. There will not be any understanding generated anyway.  I suppose “Lets Go Brandon” came and went, but that one thing accomplished more than polite conversation has in two years.

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James Quillian independent scholar,free market economist,and teacher of natural law. Who is James Quillian? Certainly I am nobody special, Just a tireless academic and deep thinker. Besides that, I have broken the code with respect to economics and political science. Credentials? Nothing you would be impressed with. I am not a household name. It is hard to become famous writing that virtually no one in the country is genuinely not in touch with reality. But, if I did not do that, there would be no point in my broking the broken the code. If you read the blog, it is easy to see that there are just a few charts, no math and no quantitative analysis. That is not by accident. Given what I know, those items are completely useless. I do turn out to be highly adept at applying natural law. Natural law has predominance over any principles the social science comes up. By virtue of understanding natural law, I can debunk, in just a few sentences , any theory that calls for intervention by a government. My taking the time to understand the ins and outs of Keynes General Theory is about like expecting a chemistry student to completely grasp all that the alchemists of the middle ages thought they understood in efforts to turn base metals into goal. Keynesian theory clearly calls for complete objectivity. Government can only make political decisions. Keynesian techniques call for economic decisions. So, why go any further with that? Fantasy Free Economics is in a sense a lot like technical analysis. Technical analysis began with the premise that it was impossible to gain enough information studying fundamentals to gain a trading advantage. Study the behavior of investors instead. Unlike technical analysis, I don't use technical charts. What I understand are the incentives of different people and entities active in the economics arena. For example, there is no such thing as an incentive to serve with life in the aggregate. In the aggregate, only self interest applies. It is routinely assumed otherwise. That is highly unappealing. But, I am sorry. That is the way it is. I can accept that because I am genuinely in touch with reality. Step one in using Fantasy Free Economics is for me to understand just how little I really know. A highly credentialed economist may know 100 times what I do based on the standard dogma. Compare the knowledge each of us has compared to all there is to know and we both look like we know nothing at all. There is always more than we don't know than what we do know. I am humble enough to present myself on that basis. Why? That is the way it is. I am not bad at math. I have taught math. What I understand is when to use it and when to rely on something else. Math is useless in natural law so I don't use it. While others look at numbers, I am busy understanding the forces in nature that makes their numbers what they are. That gives me a clear advantage.
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