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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Good Guys, Bad Guys...

Have you noticed how attrocities are only ever committed by the "bad guys"?

Have you also noticed that the "bad guys" invariably think of themselves as the "good guys"?

Noam Chomsky explains >>>>


Blogger AndrewM said...

No doubt, no doubt. On the other hand, try getting an e-zine like Truthout started in China and aimed at Chinese government and see what happens.

We always demonise our enemies. Why, in WWII the Brits and the Yanks called the Germans 'Gerry's'. :-)

June 10, 2012 9:17 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Not Gerry's', Andrew; they were called Gerries. Are you apostrophically challenged? :-)

But I thought the context of the article was less about how we demonise our enemies and more about how we seek to excuse the attrocities _we_ commit by pointing out that our victims were "the bad guys".

June 10, 2012 12:46 PM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

Jerries, actually, but I couldn't resist the shift. Dunno where the apostrophe came from, but.

And, yes, Chomsky was on about excusing our own atrocities; my point was rather that if these aren't people but demons, then it's not an atrocity. We demonise first, then whatever we do next is acceptable because it is being done to demons, not people.

June 10, 2012 1:21 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Point taken about demonisation.

So, "bad guys" is demonisation used by bad guys pretending they're the good guys?

June 10, 2012 3:40 PM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

Yepsters, that's it. Also used by us to refer to those guys who we liked last week but they have now, we discover, done the dirty on us.

June 12, 2012 9:16 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yeh, and of course, since they're the "bad guys", it's OK to commit atrocities against them, yeah?

Don't you just love how civilised we've become?

Clearly, we're superior...

NOT !!!


June 12, 2012 9:47 AM  

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