If people could be trained to tap practices for resistance like those outlined in Hollander's analysis, they may be better equipped to stand up to an illegal, unethical or inappropriate order from a superior. And not just in extreme situations, according to Maynard. "It doesn't have to be the Nazis or torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq or in the CIA interrogations described in the recent U.S. Senate report," he says. "Think of the pilot and copilot in a plane experiencing an emergency or a school principal telling a teacher to discipline a student, and the difference it could make if the subordinate could be respectfully, effectively resistive and even disobedient when ethically necessary or for purposes of social justice."The first quoted sentence tells you exactly where Maynard is coming from. Situations with a Republican in charge automatically require resistance. The same actions are ANGELIC AND MANDATORY when a Democrat orders them. When a Democrat gives the order, YOU SHALL OBEY UNQUESTIONINGLY. Pilot and copilot? Nope. That's one situation where you don't want negotiation or discussion. If the pilot is competent, he has absolute power. If the pilot is steering the plane into a mountain, the copilot needs to knock him out and grab the controls. School principal? Negotiation is appropriate, but Maynard is predictably delusional. "Principal telling a teacher to discipline a student" is NEVER the problem. I will GUARAN-FUCKING-TEE YOU that it has NEVER happened. NOT FUCKING ONCE. This disagreement ALWAYS involves a student who needs discipline and a principal who tells the teacher NOT to discipline. Ethics? We know what Ethics means. Total genocide, total tyranny, floods of blood. Ethics always requires slaughtering the innocent and deifying the criminal. Social justice? Nuff said.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.