of elephants and men, and scumbags

jamesd at echeque.com jamesd at echeque.com
Wed Nov 21 22:04:56 PST 2018

On 2018-11-21 17:45, juan wrote:
> 	uh oh. So let's make clear what "the right" means. As Jim B. pointed out, the left/right classification comes from the french revolution. What needs to be added is that the people who sat on "the right" of the assembly were the conservatives/monarchists/theocrats or representatives of the 'ancien regime'.

The ancient regime was theoretically absolute, and in an important sense 
was absolute, but could not conscript, nor alter taxes from traditional 
sense, so in a very important sense far less absolute than the regime 
that replaced it, that wound up flaying bakers for charging more than 
the maximum and committing hyperinflation, after the fashion of 
Venezuela and wiped out entire generation of Frenchmen invading Russia.

The divine right regime of Charles the Second gave us corporate 
capitalism, made the scientific method as called for by Robert Boyle in 
the "Skeptical Chymist" high status and socially enforced, and 
instituted corporate capitalism.

Which gave us science, technology, industrialization, and empire.

So whoever wants to restore civilization against the darkness is going 
to look very like those who sat on the right hand side of the assembly

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