Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anti-Authoritarian Calisthenics

   aka "anarchist calisthenics."
   Along similar lines, I sometimes tell my students: you need to be prepared to tell people to go to hell when necessary...

   (h/t Armenius Apoplexis)


Blogger The Mystic said...

For what it's worth, I think oversimplifying the matter like this risks merely inciting people to irrational rebellion - particularly young people who just aren't sufficiently well-educated or interested to engage the law in a responsible manner.

Remedying blind adherence to legal proscriptions requires hard work and education, and not some silly daily legal infraction. It seems few care sufficiently to try the former, but of those who insufficiently care, I'd wager a large portion would gleefully adopt the practice of regularly infringing laws (good or bad) under the guise of "staying in shape" intellectually.

The problem is not that people are accustomed to doing what is wrong, it is that they are accustomed to living without consideration for what is right.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Yeah, you're probably right.

Still, the general idea is, I think, a good one. I'm not actually a big fan of recreational knee-jerky, attention-seeking anti-authority types...but they're mostly just annoying, and I'd certainly rather err in that direction than in the direction of too much deference to alleged authorities. And I'm sure you'd agree with that.

The general idea, I guess is to figure out some way to prevent people from falling into excessive deference...

7:52 AM  

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