At the beginning of this article, the author discusses three laws or adages to enlighten his discussion of the current state of politics and politicians in this country. I snipped just a section of this article but felt you should be armed with these definitions.
Heinlein’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.
Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Occam’s Razor: Among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the fewest assumptions should be selected.
This article highlights something about our culture that those bent on destroying America have latched onto and are using against us – our willingness, or desire, to see people as good, give them the benefit of the doubt and to suppress our common sense or intuition. That last part, our intuition, has been beaten out of us by the PC crowd – you must not judge.
As an example, you see someone walking down the street toward you and your intuition tells you he is a thug; cross the street to avoid him. But then your PC brain takes over and tells you that you are being judgmental and that’s wrong, so you don’t avoid him. As the two of you pass, he attacks you.
It’s time we let our common sense, instinct, inner voice, whatever-you-call-it out of the restrictive box that the PC Police have put it into. It’s ok to judge; to make judgments. It’s a requirement of living.
But Don’t Rule Out Malice
Ryan Scott Welch, American Thinker
Focusing on politics, and by association politicians, what if the harmful actions that your politicians make can be more logically explained by malice than by stupidity? For example, most politicians are quite intelligent. Most have succeeded in academics at the highest levels in the world. Most have also been very successful in business or professionally besides success in politics. Only the smallest percentage of politicians could actually be described as stupid prior to their being elected. So how is it possible that some of the most successful and intelligent people in the United States can suddenly become stupid the moment they walk in the door of Congress? Or alternatively, how is it possible that these intelligent and successful people suddenly become unlucky? Is there any logical explanation? Isn’t it much more likely that the people in congress are just as lucky and intelligent as they were the day before they were elected? And if that is true, how can you explain the “stupid” things that these intelligent and successful politicians do?
I submit that the more likely hypothesis, which is supported by both Heinlein’s and Occam’s razor, is that these politicians are not at all stupid or unlucky, but they are doing exactly what they want to do and they are getting exactly the result that they hope to achieve. You might think, “I can’t believe that my politicians are purposefully destroying/harming (fill in the blank). Well, you are probably right. You can’t believe it, but that does not mean it is not true. Much that is true is not believed at first.
If it is true that the destructive decisions that these politicians make are just mistakes or caused by stupidity then many if not most of the decisions made should be good, right? But if most of the decisions made are not good, can stupidity explain that? Even if these politicians were blithering idiots, wouldn’t about half of their decisions be right, just from the laws of probability, or rather “dumb-luck”? The fact that most of the decisions made are destructive precludes the stupidity hypothesis by definition. The only logical explanation therefore is that these destructive decisions are willful; they are on purpose, they are by design.
Now of course, if you are both intelligent and you have a malicious agenda, you would not let the people that elected you know of your nefarious designs, at least not those who don’t share your agenda, so you would camouflage your intentions by providing some kind of cover. Any excuse that your (for the most part) ignorant and lazy electorate could swallow would do. It does not even have to make sense. You just need an excuse so that the people that elected you can wrap themselves in their delusional cocoon and go comfortably back to sleep.
Two of the major theories why normally logical people with the capacity for reason reject reliable information that wcould cause them to change their opinion about something are cogitative dissonance and confirmation bias.
Read article here.
Update: Read Adrienne’s account of PC horror: http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2012/04/zimmerman-i-didnt-know-if-he-was-armed.html