a Thug after All These Years
indicator of civilization is the presence of consent over coercion.
Civilized people persuade, savages punch.
who conflate force with reason are bipeds that happen to talk. Their
language is a meaningless skill since they rely on physical supremacy
to fulfill their desires.
than five minutes into the first episode of The
Sopranosí fourth season, director-writer David Chase shows
its protagonist to be a talking biped.
breakfast, Anthony Soprano asks his son, A.J., if heís passing social
studies. (A.J.ís at a new school after being expelled from his previous
one.) A.J. responds, "You just reveal your own ignorance. Itís
only been five days. We didnít get grades yet."
reacts to this insolence by smacking the back of A.J.ís head, portrayed
less maliciously than casually.
Soprano sees an underling being wasteful with ice. The underling
earnestly but imprudently explains the ease with which ice melts.
Soprano flings ice at him and adds a few hits with a bucket.
years of therapy, Soprano remains someone in whom aggression
kind of social bond is possible with someone whoís prone to violence
at any moment? Consider the following exchange:
I think Woodrow Wilsonís invasion of Haiti in 1915 was wrong.
It was a holy undertaking!
(Hits A with a copy of Caesarís Conquest
of Gaul.) Fool!
Hans-Hermann Hoppe notes that "the norm implied in argumentation
is that everybody has the right of exclusive control over his own
body as his instrument of action and cognition. Only if there is
at least an implicit recognition of each individualís property right
in his own body can argumentation take place."
rejects this norm and recognizes no such property right in A. He
cannot discuss, only dominate.
all of his spiffy threads and other trappings of civilization, Anthony
Soprano is just like B. When he hears something he doesnít like,
his impulse is to beat.
can expect many more thuggish acts from Soprano. For good reason
does a gun symbolize this
Kantor [send him mail]
is a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and president of the
Center for Free Emigration,
which agrees with Frederick Douglass that "It is a fundamental truth
that every man is the rightful owner of his own body."
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