Grendel’s Laundry List

grosz crop detail….her pendantic automaton…  George Grosz

The economic and social theories used by those who take part in the social struggle ought to be judged not by their objective value but primarily for their effectiveness in arousing emotions. The scientific refutation of them which can be made is useless, however correct it may be objectively.

When it is useful to them, men can believe a theory of which they know nothing more than its name. 

Men follow their sentiments and their self-interest, but it pleases them to imagine that they follow reason. And so they look for, and always find, some theory which, a posteriori, makes their actions appear to be logical. If that theory could be demolished scientifically, the only result would be that another theory would be substituted for the first one, and for the same purpose.

Vilfredo Pareto

Logic itself is a fictional construction; any system of ideas that aims to be clear and self-consistent breaks down in ambiguities and contradictions.

John Gray

Laws emerge from illegal activity. This creates a fundamental incoherence in the very idea of modern government, which assumes that the state has a monopoly of the legitimate use of violence (only the police, or prison guards, have the legal right to beat you up). It’s okay for police to use violence because they are enforcing the law; the law is legitimate because it’s rooted in the constitution; the constitution is legitimate because it comes from the people; the people created the constitution by acts of illegal violence.

David Graeber

Without criminality there is no achievement.

Sigmund Freud

An opinion can be argued with: a conviction is best shot.

T.E. Lawrence

Grendel’s Laundry List is an irregular but continuing series of readings in texts helpful to an understanding of the Atheology and Theodicy of the Seventh Day Atheist Aztec Baptist Church.
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