“Frank,” they asked. “Frank — if you could recommend one post that provides the ethical, moral and behavioral boundaries of the recent unpleasantness, what would it be?”
“Hanh?” I replied.
“No. Really. We’re trying to understand all this over at blog-blog-bloggity-blog-blog-blog. Where would you suggest we link to get the whole story straight?”
“Ethics, morality and behavior, hunh?”
“Yes. Somebody did something terrible to someone and — well, we’d just like to examine that. We want to, you know, understand it completely so we can like, PASS JUDGMENT.”
“You mean what do I think was the right thing to do, like when papa unsubscribed from the mob blogs?”
“No, no… we’re not talking about individual behavior here. We’re just trying to get the facts about the threats and all.”
“Ahhh, the threats, and I suppose the insults too. Well, here’s what you want to do if you really want to understand. First go here and fire up the audio. Crank it, really crank up the volume. Can you hear me?”
“Then it’s not loud enough. I said CRANK IT. Ahh yes, the walls are vibrating nicely now. Okay, so the question had something to do with art and politics, right? Right, so now you’ll want to open another tab and go here. Read that, take two aspirins and call me in the morning.”
All this chorus of calumny, which the party of order never fail, in their orgies of blood, to raise against their victims, only proves that the bourgeois of our days considers himself the legitimate successor to the baron of old, who thought every weapon in his own hand fair against the plebeian, while in the hands of the plebeian a weapon of any kind constituted in itself a crime.
— Karl Marx, Capital and Other Writings, Random House — The Modern Library, New York, 1932.
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