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The loss of fungibility in American discourse.
I want you to imagine that all the cotton ever produced in the USA was produced by slave labor. Imagine further that every bit of cotton clothing in the USA came from this domestic product. That would mean that everyone who buys cotton clothing is funding the industry based on slave labor, and there is no way out of it. So who wears cotton?
This dilemma requires a choice between infinite regress vs fungibility. And the answer is fungibility. Society cannot function without fungibility, and this should be fairly obvious given a little thought. I don’t have the patience to explain, I think this example with Bitcoin does an excellent job.
Instead of currency, think of what some people are trying to do in judging the action of every criminal and racist in American history and trying to recast the moral integrity of every person living today according to infinite regress of sins or victim status of their ancestors. That is what a lot of foolish Americans are trying to do. Every day.
But we have something called the Fifth Amendment. It goes a little something like this:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
We also have something called the Bible. In the book of Ezekiel, it goes a little something like this:
But suppose he has a child who sees all the sins that his father committed. He becomes alarmed and doesn’t do them. 15 He doesn’t eat on the mountains or pay attention to the idols of the house of Israel. He doesn’t defile his neighbor’s wife.16 He doesn’t cheat anyone, either by seizing collateral for loans or committing robbery. He gives his food to the hungry and clothes to the naked. 17 He refrains from oppressing the poor by taking neither interest nor profit. He observes my case laws and follows my regulations. He won’t die because of his father’s guilt. He will surely live. 18 As for his father: If he exploited the weak or committed robbery, or did anything else that wasn’t good for the people, he will die because of his own guilt.
19 You will say, “Why doesn’t the child bear his parent’s guilt?” The child has acted justly and responsibly. The child kept all my regulations and observed them. The child will surely live. 20 Only the one who sins will die. A child won’t bear a parent’s guilt, and a parent won’t bear a child’s guilt. Those who do right will be declared innocent, and the wicked will be declared guilty.
So I have given you three different ways of understanding that sin, crime, immoral behavior does not pass down from generation to generation, from individual to individual, from group to group. No society would work if complaints not only had no statute of limitations but could be arbitrarily placed on the head of someone who didn’t perpetrate the offense. But you and I know, every day people are trying to establish exactly that condition.
Infinite regress is infinite injustice.
So take a moment to think about how everyone supposedly in this culture war has inherited their positions. By defaulting to some set of attributes which have morphed in to definitions whose aim is to incriminate millions of Americans for actions they did not commit. That is what Critical Race Theory is. But you already had a clue about that. I hope I’ve given you a couple more ways to engage in the intellectual combat necessary to defeat this treacherous propaganda.