Using "Radicals" (Against You) to further your age

SLAM: debunk creationism, pseudoscience, and superstitions. Discuss logic and morality.

Moderator: Alyrium Denryle

Post Reply
User avatar
Sith Devotee
Posts: 3412
Joined: 2003-04-05 10:52pm
Location: Foxes Den

Using "Radicals" (Against You) to further your age

Post by Kitsune »

I am watching a lecture series on the American Civil War.
There was a group of "Fire Eaters" which helped to get the South to secede from the lecture. Still, they did not seem to be in the driver's seat by the time the Confederate government formed.

It sounds like if they had stayed in the forefront, not all of the deep south states might have actually joined the Confederate States and that there would be a good chance of keeping the upper slave states in the Union even after Sumter.

What am curious is if trying to promote the radicals of the other side to make the moderates of their side splinter apart? I have actually wondered if that might have been the tactic of the Westboro church.
"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
Thomas Paine

"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten."
Ecclesiastes 9:5 (KJV)
User avatar
Jedi Knight
Posts: 811
Joined: 2007-07-25 03:48am
Location: Cambridge, England

Post by Androsphinx »

Many of the 9-11 "Truthers" think that the "no-plane" theories are put about by the government to make them all look ridiculous. Is that the sort of thing you mean?
"what huge and loathsome abnormality was the Sphinx originally carven to represent? Accursed is the sight, be it in dream or not, that revealed to me the supreme horror - the Unknown God of the Dead, which licks its colossal chops in the unsuspected abyss, fed hideous morsels by soulless absurdities that should not exist" - Harry Houdini "Under the Pyramids"

"The goal of science is to substitute facts for appearances and demonstrations for impressions" - John Ruskin, "Stones of Venice"
Posts: 101
Joined: 2008-02-04 07:17pm
Location: Nara, Japan

Post by Buddha »

It isn't usually wise to do this, as it tends to make a conflict drag on for longer. It also can lead to a stalemate and no clear resolution. Radical elements don't need help. They do well enough themselves at recruiting more brain trusts. :wink:
User avatar
Sith Devotee
Posts: 2569
Joined: 2006-10-10 08:15pm
Location: The Money Store

Post by TithonusSyndrome »

Sometimes, splintering moderates apart isn't that bad of a thing. The cozy deadlock that the Mindless Middle is in nowadays can and does have a toll in human suffering caused by inaction and negligence that only appeals to tradition stand in defense of.
Post Reply