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Thursday, July 17, 2008

The GOP 'Virtue Analysis' Strategy Syllogism

If people do repetitive, routine work; and

If they fret and anger over such work, not finding relief enough in pay alone; and

If they see their life, effectively, a function of their work, their function in the economic scheme of things; and

If they psychologically justify that otherwise thankless work as their being needed, as their existential singularity of purpose; and

If they reify that justification into the status of personal virtue;


a) Other people, those without work, must be absent that virtue; and

b) Any system economically supporting those virtueless others must be wrong;

c) No one can make a 'rational' choice in favor of such a system; and

d) Any such choice is politically wrong

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