Collective violence, however unjust, has the capacity to create bonds of a kind of “brotherhood” between evildoers.

The “one for all and all for one” spirit can flourish inside gangs of the worst criminals and soldiers.

Hume on war:

When our own nation is at war with any other, we detest them under the character of cruel, perfidious, unjust, and violent: But always esteem ourselves and allies equitable, moderate, and merciful.

If the general of our enemies be successful, ’tis with difficulty we allow him the figure and character of a man. He is a sorcerer: He has a communication with daemons; as is reported of Oliver Cromwell, and the Duke of Luxembourg: He is bloody-minded, and takes a pleasure in death and destruction.

But if the success be on our side, our commander has all the opposite good qualities, and is a pattern of virtue, as well as of courage and conduct. His treachery we call policy: His cruelty is an evil inseparable from war.

In short, every one of his faults we either endeavor to extenuate, or dignify it with the name of that virtue, which approaches it. ‘Tis evident the same method of thinking runs through common life.

The other side, of course, is prey to the same delusions.

Rightists: Everything I don’t like shall be banned by the state.

Leftists: Everything I like shall be a universal right to be paid for by other people.

It’s madness to trust the government and its connected doctors for medical or nutrition advice.

Doctors are probably the most vicious political pressure group out there, combining paternalism toward us with incompetence.

Elaine: I know it’s terrible, but I’m not a terrible person.

Jerry and Kramer: No.

Elaine: No. When I shoo squirrels away, I always say “get out of here.” I never ever throw things at them and try to injure them like other people.

Jerry: That’s nice.

Elaine: Yeah, and when I see freaks in the street I never, ever stare at them. Yet, I’m careful not to look away, you know, because I want to make the freaks feel comfortable.

Jerry: That’s nice for the freaks.

So funny. My parents taught me the exact same thing regarding freaks!

It’s not that the utilitarian technocrats, when put in charge of the economy, would be inherently problematic.

It’s rather that the actual people who claim to be such technocrats are incompetent.

If they really knew what they were doing, then we would have laissez-faire capitalism based entirely on utilitarian calculations.

No one signed a contract with you guaranteeing that God’s existence will be self-evident or even easily proved.

“Scientists” recommend that we destroy our economies, enslave ourselves to the state, and generally try real hard to die out for the sake of “a more environmentally sustainable alternative.”