Friday, October 21, 2011

Combatwords, October 21, 2011: The Enemy Paradox

Combatwords, October 21, 2011: The Enemy Paradox

I got in an argument with a friend of mine about America copying the Fascist political economy to defeat the Nazis during WW2. He said I was wrong & that America is its own thing. I argued that when you compare the rates of state spending with both nations & their allocations/purposes that they are actually shockingly similar & merely differ in terms of national ideology. He's a great writer & a smart guy, but basically his argument was 'because America doesn't have death camps, it's not Nazi.' Well the Palestinians use a patina of Democracy to justify their governments & that in turn has spread across the Middle East. Likewise, the Israelis use religious and ethnic nationalism to justify their foreign & domestic policy. He who fights monsters, becomes monsters, etc. One seeks to destroy one's enemy and yet the act of destruction transforms one into one's enemy.

This principle is applicable in most circumstances I think. Battle it out.

Combat Expiration: 12am PST 10/24/2011

Critique Expiration: 12am PST 10/26/2011

Bonuses/Penalties: +2 if posted by 12am PST 10/22/2011, +1 if posted by 3am PST 10/22/2011, -1 if posted by 6am PST 10/24/2011, -2 if posted by 12pm PST 10/24/2011

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