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daily life in the neighborhood

Bill Dog (726542) writes | about 2 years ago

Role Playing (Games) 5

Every morning you walk out to your front lawn to pick up the newspaper. And every morning the neighbors on each side of you physically assault you.

For as long as you can remember, you've lived in a house with a particular set of neighbors on either side of you. And ever since you moved there, your neighbor to the right, let's call him Mr. Right, would give you a bloody nose.

Every morning you walk out to your front lawn to pick up the newspaper. And every morning the neighbors on each side of you physically assault you.

For as long as you can remember, you've lived in a house with a particular set of neighbors on either side of you. And ever since you moved there, your neighbor to the right, let's call him Mr. Right, would give you a bloody nose.

In talking with him about it, he argued that it was justified to keep the neighborhood in order. Mr. Left OTOH took your side and thought that that was complete bullshit.

But some many years back Mr. Left had started accosting you as well. Every morning he'd slap you in the face, box your ears, and kick you in the shins. And he added things over time, like nipple twists and indian burns and wet willys, and then later added foot stompings and hair pulling and nose tweaking.

In talking with him about it, he argued that it was justified to keep the neighborhood in order. Mr. Right OTOH took your side and thought that that was complete bullshit.

So in summary, nowadays every morning you are assaulted in ten different ways.

Many of Mr. Left's assaults are kind of silly, but can be somewhat painful nonetheless.

Mr. Right's assault is definitely painful, and a big pain afterwards in that you have to spend some time stopping the bleeding each time.

So, which is worse to you? That depends on if you're more like Mr. Right or Mr. Left.

If you're more like Mr. Left, then:

1) Mr. Right is worse because it's more severe to you, and

2) It's actually far worse to you because you have an ingrained, noticeably skewed sense of proportion anyway.

If you're more like Mr. Right, then:

1) Mr. Left is worse to you because he comes at you with 9 times the assaults, and

2) It's actually far worse to you because he's actually continuing to add more and more assaults to the daily barrage, with no end in sight, and

0) You're wondering, in the first place, do you really even need to be assaulted that much, period, for there to be some minimal level of order maintained in the neighborhood.

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5 comments

But there is also (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 2 years ago | (#41362453)

Mr. Top- who has the weaponry and legal ability to stop Mr. Right and Mr. Left but doesn't have any will to do so because he's making money off the situation; and Mr. Bottom, who is living in your back alley off of cheap red wine and the occasional hit of cocaine and stealing the money you buried in the coffee can in your yard.

Re:But there is also (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | about 2 years ago | (#41370319)

Well you're basically right that there are essentially the apolitical segments you speak of, the rich guy who doesn't give a spit about abortion or gay rights but just wants the govt. to keep his taxes low and barriers to entry for his would-be competitors high, and the hobo without much of his mental faculties.

But otherwise what you say about Mr. Top is just what Mr. Left says about him, which I don't believe. Mr. Top has no (need for) weaponry, and certainly doesn't want to exercise his legal muscle against either Mr. Left or Mr. Right because those in power from both of these houses want to be his bestest friend, for his financial support in their retaining power.

Re:But there is also (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 2 years ago | (#41374947)

Mr. Top and Mr. Bottom are not apolitical. They're both *VERY* political and they control more of your life than you know. Mr. Top cares a lot about both abortion and gay rights- because it keeps you from seeing what he is really doing, which is not keeping barriers to competition high, but actually lowering those barriers to lower his costs. The fewer barriers to competition there are, the more he can farm jobs around the world, always seeking the lowest labor cost so that he can maximize the difference between his cost and the cost to the consumer.

Taxes counts in that, but not anyplace close to as much as the Left thinks. China's corporate tax rate is basically 51% (officially 0%, but the government under their form of communistic capitalism has a 51% stock ownership in all businesses) but because they pay their labor $.34/hr, they get all the factories.

Likewise, Mr. Bottom is the ultimate libertarian- liberty is his highest value. Property and respect for property isn't on his radar, but the complete personal liberty that can only come from thumbing your nose at all of civilization's laws and customs is very much on his radar. Sure, to somebody in the middle class he looks apolitical and brain dead, but as the country song says, freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- and he's got NOTHING left to lose. That's a very politically powerful position. Remember Homeless in LaJolla who used to post here? Never did figure out if he was just a fake troll or not- but in my work with the homeless I've met people who think just like he did several times over- and while you see them as just wanting another handout, they see themselves as living the libertarian dream.

Re:But there is also (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 2 years ago | (#41374975)

Also, there's another breed of Mr. Top who isn't very rich at all- but is EXTREMELY politically powerful. The generals of the armies, the chiefs of police, the county sheriffs as also Mr. Top- and if you think they are apolitical you're really not seeing the big picture.

Re:But there is also (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | about 2 years ago | (#41383681)

I do not see army generals and police chiefs and sheriffs, as a group, as having any particular characteristic political leaning. So I'm not seeing the big picture then I guess, but then I'd say you did a poor job (or no job) of painting it here.

And I define "apolitical" as someone who doesn't care about politics as heart-felt issues. Someone who doesn't care about politics except to use it as a distraction is "apolitical" to me.

Finally, I vaguely recall a "Homeless in LaJolla" account but am not familiar with its owner beyond the impression that he's not got all of his mental faculties and is probably a hobo. (BTW, if I had to be a bum, I'd definitely be one in a temperate clime and luxury community like La Jolla or Malibu. "Homeless in Fairbanks" wouldn't be posting past one season!)

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