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Enemies and Victims

January 26th, 2018 by G.

“Victim”, “aggrieved” are moral categories. I am only making a political statement. . . . The suspicion that an enemy has good reason to hate you is even more reason to be wary of him. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of Carl Schmitt’s insight: we must separate political from moral categories. The enemy is not necessarily evil; don’t demonize him, but recognize that he is a threat. Regard him emotionally the way you would natural disasters.

In fact, morality is often very difficult to determine. Contrary to the comic book picture of the world you get from the media, when groups fight, there are usually legitimate claims and grievances on both sides. Recognizing who wants to damage your group, on the other hand, is almost always straightforward. And it is usually the most important fact.

thus the Bonald. Interesting.

Quoting, not endorsing.

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January 26th, 2018 07:40:41
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G.
February 2, 2018

The friend-enemy distinction is essential in both politics and religion. Those who deny it are fools or, more likely, our enemies.

But true wisdom is to recognize the distinction, but also to recognize that enemies can be made into friends.

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