Monday, July 20, 2015

Taboos and Trump

The entire project of warfare requires that we keep certain conversations taboo. We insist on honoring the fallen but it's the survivors who actually 'win' the battle. We insist that our soldiers are defending freedom when they are in fact deployed thousands of miles away and are fighting people who themselves are defending their own homes. The inherent immorality of engaging in indiscriminate killing renders honest conversation about warfare utterly taboo. Apparently Donald didn't get the memo. But of course he's enough of a sociopath to regard indiscriminate killing to be a feature, not a bug.

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