The Misanthropic Principle


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Worshippers of gods infesting the minor Pantheon, such as the Four Horsemen, tend to also be scolders of the Seven Deadly Sins. Some, like Herbert Hoover–for whom prosperity was just around the corner–turn out to be Predictors of things that Never Happen. Millerites were horrified when Jesus failed to lift them to Heaven as calculated, and His failure to also cast their rivals into the Seventh Circle entered History as The Great Disappointment of 1844. The communist religion was prey to similar notions. Remember Nuclear Winter? 

As an undergrad exposed to nuclear winter dinning I was careful to avoid the corridors frequented by Prof. John A. Wheeler, originator of the Anthropic Principle. Wheeler’s simplest scientific papers seem an exercise in English as an Alien Language. His Goldilocks Universe principle did not belch forth Prophesy or Prediction liable to frighten excerebrose voters out of their wits (or attract students too lazy to absorb tensor calculus). Wheeler’s main line of work successfully put the National and International Socialist empires out of business. That accomplished, Wheeler surveyed appreciation of his musings on cosmological constants with lofty equanimity, and spoke out in favor of nuclear power plants.

Nuclear power detractors spring mainly from the wreckage of looter kleptocracies. Their fundamental premise is that all men are disgusting wretches who can’t be trusted. Incidentally, this exactly the same philosophical premise underpinning religious conservatism–also an ideological kleptocracy, and also given to paranoid delusions about marijuana, LSD, mescalin and other things about which its faithful are equally ignorant.

Warmer Revelation holds that only some other of said disgusting creatures, never oneself, deserves what you yourself earn. This summarizes the Misanthropic Principle, keystone of the Church of the End Times and its wholly-owned subsidiary the Cult of the Holy Warmers. Global Cassandras and hand-wringing prohibition fanatics are happily unhandcuffed by data where fundamental morality-of-altruism issues come into play. The exact same mentality that seeks to ban nuclear energy also seeks to ban enjoyable substances, though they are rarely political allies.

Affirmers believe as a matter of Revealed Faith that the End is Nigh. Affirmers blame a desperate shortfall in the initiation of coercive and deadly force for the existential threat now facing humanity. Climate Cassandras are–by definition rather than evidence, The Scientific Consensus prophesied to be Saved and supported on the backs and pocketbooks of lesser luminaries. The Consensus platform in the political arena also called for the usual bombing of primitive mystics on the other side of the planet, jailing hippies and brown people over plants, and asset-forfeiture looting demanded by “both” parties.

These are moderate and popular stands according to 96% of the voters. (The Libertarian party earned 3.28% of the 2016 vote, thereby swinging 124 electoral votes in 11 states, and the econazis probably completed the rounding to an even 4%, swinging electoral votes for 3 states). The Libertarian party does not want to destroy power plants, bomb primitives or jail people and confiscate their homes. See our platform. We change laws because our spoiler votes threaten to defenstrate the more ignorant and superstitious Kleptocracy candidates.

3rdchoiceJust under half of Kleptocracy voters have been vouchsafed the Revealed Word saying that non-communist industrial nations must pay totalitarian States a carbon tithe. The other half, whose locations coincide with large numbers of electoral votes, happen to belong to a cult that prefers shoot-first prohibitionism and defenestration to redistribution of wealth. The upside is that adherents of the Cult of the Holy Warmers are, per current consensus among prophets, about to move en masse into a lower tax bracket. Economic collapse from prohibitionist asset-forfeiture is now much more likely to cause economic collapse than illiterate meddling in our generating capacity. We seek solutions that do not point guns at the voters.
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