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I have heard the phrase "our sacred temple of democracy" way too many times in the past week. Enough times for a lifetime honestly.

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uspol 

This is what I meant when I talked about how democracy is a religious in the US, and if you don't believe in it, have faith in it, then you are considered morally wrong.

uspol 

@polymerwitch I thought that was Guantanamo where the ritual sacrifices happen

uspol 

@polymerwitch this is one of the most underrated ideas ever.

The state has always been a religious institution, as has the financial sector. The advancement of liberalism was not to take it out of the realm of religion, but to change the definition of religion so it could fit within the new religion of the state without the appearance of conflict. From a systems perspective, there's a really cool side effect to this realization...

uspol 

@polymerwitch if you're trying to break out of a constrained system (like hack out of a chroot or jail), if you can find a reference to the parent system within the jail then you can use that to define another equivalent system within the jail and pivot out.

If the state is a religion, and the state allows religions to exist, then by defining a religion within the institutions of the state you can use that to pivot out of or crash the state...

uspol 

@polymerwitch this vulnerability is already being exploited by conservatives, since they already have dual power via churches. But that also means they're opening it up even more.

uspol 

@Hex @polymerwitch Its funny, I've always thought of corporations this way, as an entity capable of creating dual power which allows you to exploit a lot of loopholes, you could buy a company vehicle and subvert personal liability for how that vehicle is used, you can do the same with spaces. If anything goes south you can dissolve the entity and avoid any personal liability. The right also does this to create dual power.

uspol 

@polymerwitch
To the point that "democracy is the best", "populist leaders are terrible", and "workers owning the means of production is dirty communism" can be spoken by the same person in a single conversation without them realizing the irony of the contradictions.

In each context, the definitions and goalposts are shifted to avoid the cognitive dissonance.

Generally though, you're making a trade-off between tragedy of the commons and distribution of power. No single answer is perfect.

uspol 

@polymerwitch

But to your point, all that nuance is lost in the cult of catch phrases and us vs them mentality

uspol 

@polymerwitch "Iook, its actually not that great, but its the only democracy we've got, so we're keeping it, ok?"

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