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Thinking about: Cognitive dissonance

Naked Capitalism and Corrente are a couple of my favorite blogs (and I mean that in all seriousness – I generally enjoy what the hosts write and link to) lean decidedly leftward. Nothing wrong with that, per se, since everyone is entitled to his own view of the world, no matter how wrong or unrealistic it may be. But that being said, one of the areas of the Left that always leaves me puzzled (not that the Right doesn’t have it, the Left just has MORE of it) is the “it’s for thee, but not for me” syndrome.

Take for example this recent bit. It’s a computerized system that knows your birthday because you have to give that birthday in order to obtain an account. Because, you know, rules and stuff. The writer makes some generally excellent points, but what I don’t understand is the final bit of “PROACTIVE mass surveillance is not our friend!” It leads to two questions – first, is “REACTIVE mass surveillance okay?” Along with a side order of “is it ‘mass’ surveillance when it’s just directed at one person?” Me, personally, I’m not happy with ANY surveillance, mass or otherwise, pro-or-reactive, public or private. The right to be left alone to conduct one’s affairs as one sees fit, absent inflicting harm on others, just seems to me to be a basic human right. But the second question is more interesting: I have been assured by one of the World’s Serious Lefties, Ms. Clinton, that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Combined with all of the Left’s burning desire to regulate and surveil (if that’s a word) and incarcerate for no end of harmless issues, it seems that the writer’s complaint is not with surveillance … just with surveillance of her, when she doesn’t want it (or actively notices it) because she doesn’t personally approve of the organization conducting it.

I know, I know. “Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” Still, though, I can’t help thinking that in some areas – like human rights – some consistency in belief, and application of the Golden Rule, would go a long way toward making the world a much smoother and nicer place to live in.


2 responses to “Thinking about: Cognitive dissonance

  1. Jim Bovard February 14, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Good thing that ATM didn’t spit out a coupon for free Midol…

    • Hobbit@Law February 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Or a Xanax. Which could arguably have been more useful.

      But there is just no END of mischief possible when you think of all the different databases people are in and how those could be linked together.

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