Comments: Thank You, Tablet

As you say, Jonathan, error correction requires error detection, and only those willing to hear that they have made a mistake get a chance to correct their mistakes and made different mistakes next time.

Those who are so arrogant that they refuse to listen to criticism ensure their own gradual enstupefication.

I used to be conceited myself, but now I am so humble you would hardly believe it.

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at December 15, 2011 11:16 PM

And if we do decide we want to keep killing everyone, shouldn't all this stuff "we" have be more evenly distributed?

that's a pretty fucking grim question.

if it is true that "we" have consciously made such determinations WRT killing everyone-- no, wait: if Presidents and profiteers gon' fuck up OUR Karma with all their "we" bullshit, then we should all get, what, some kind of petrodollar tax rebate? preferred candidate status for jobs in onshore drone factories? 40 acres of hot sand and a camel?

perhaps it would be more worthwhile to consider: who is this "we" "we" keep talking about?

Posted by Montag at December 16, 2011 12:52 AM

another irony of johnson's quote is that it could accurately read "If democracy actually existed they would sweep...

Posted by frankenduf at December 16, 2011 09:22 AM

I KNEW that was OUR oil, I knew it, damn it.
The "WE",the "US", the "OUR" is U&I, AMERICANS. When "WE" rob these people, when "OUR" bombs blow up their children, those people say "THE AMERICANS" did it. Unlike "US" they don't think in terms like "The Waltons did it, or The Rockefellers did it, or The Koch Brothers did it, or The President did it", they see an American Flag and American Soldiers,OUR Kids, American bombs, American planes, American choppers, American drones. They think that THE AMERICANS did it.
IF YOU want a cut, a piece of the action, YOUR share of the booty, then YOU'll just have to go up and TAKE it, same way it was gotten in the first place.

Posted by Mike Meyer at December 16, 2011 12:27 PM

What we habitually call "our knowledge" is in actuality belief in what others say they know.

Friends tend to have more belief in their friends than they do in their enemies, however, enemies are enemies because they believe in what others say they know too.

Posted by Dredd at December 16, 2011 12:52 PM

While we're loving on Tablet, let's raise a glass of Manischevitz to their review of Schindler's List as astoundingly stupid.

Posted by Josh K-sky at December 16, 2011 07:55 PM

Just getting most discussions of U.S. foreign policy to this level would be a giant step forward.

I've always said the same thing. I appreciate it when someone just comes out and says, look, I'm glad we invade other countries and take their oil because we need it. At least then you can have an honest discussion (or avoid wasting time on a worthless disingenuous discussion, which is just as good). Sadly, with most people you never even make it past the outermost ring of rationalizations.

Posted by John Caruso at December 17, 2011 12:23 AM

Well said.

Posted by Batocchio at December 19, 2011 01:10 PM