Friday, April 23, 2010

Why grieve over dead politicians?

Is there any reason to grieve more over the loss of a politician or group of politicians than the loss of a stranger or group of strangers? No, writes Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski; in fact, "there seems to be a reason to be particularly restrained in one’s grief, since the victims belonged to a profession that the libertarian worldview univocally condemns as parasitical and destructive."
[N]o matter how personally nice, warm and charming the deceased could have been (and on such occasions the state apparatus of propaganda will do everything it can to bombard everyone with endless testimonies to that effect), all their professional activities were ultimately based on a barbarous method of violent coercion.

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