You Can't Do It At Random

Commenter CJ Yetman had this to say in my post Paying For Social Security that discussed how Hitler Saved Social Security (for at least a year) by killing a lot of Jews. Actually he probably just moved some paper between file cabinets and spent the money on the war. Still the numbers were adjusted on paper at least. Oh. Yeah. CJ's comment.

So, it would have been completely rational if he had randomly selected a few million people to slaughter?

If I owed a bunch of money to a bunch of different people, would it be rational to murder all of them to relieve myself from the debt?

CJ,

You can't pick them at random. That just gets people riled up.

You have to pick a group everyone hates. Dopers are the only group where the hate is sufficient but that is declining. Although the war on fat people and tobacco smokers is ramping up.

Second off I'm warning against it. Now it may be just a little paranoia on my part. But it goes with my territory. You see I'm Jewish and some of us get twitchy about these things.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 06.04.09 at 08:12 PM










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I guess being a fat Jewish smoker who does drugs would be not even remotely socially acceptable. Unless... can a Jewish person be a redneck from the South?


Donna B.   ·  June 4, 2009 11:38 PM

Making scapegoats--the essence of social reform.

Anonymous   ·  June 5, 2009 7:12 AM

I'm not disputing your overall point about scapegoats and I'm not Jewish, but....

America is different. Yeah people are scum, but Americans aren't Germans.
Germans are much more disciplined and take orders better and Europe has a fine, 1,000+ history of Jew-hating.

Also, there would be enough Americans who would defend the Jews to make your average, European-style, pogrom very unlikely and a special, industrialized pogrom like the Holocaust darn near impossible for the foreseeable future.

Them damn rich fat cats, on the other hand......

Obviously including some Jews, but the folks who hate rich folk hate WASPs and yuppies just as much.

I figure, it'd be a bunch of different, overlapping, groups of scapegoats.

Like them darn furrin car owners. I mean, why wouldn't you buy a nice, clean, affordable, subsidized, slow, crappy Government Motors car?

The rich fat cats on Wall Street.

The polluters (at least, those who do so without mouthing the correct pieties).

Add in every "enemy" of Minitru and you've got it.

Veeshir   ·  June 5, 2009 12:30 PM

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