The Greatest Weapon Against The Tyranny Of "Very Serious People" - Laughter

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From the last edition of Bill Buckler's "The Privateer"

On A More Personal Note

So, here we are on the last page of the last issue of The Privateer. My wife Cathy and I have had mixed feelings about getting to this point. On the one hand, it couldn’t come fast enough. On the other, there were times when we didn’t want it to come at all. But there are many ways to skin a cat and the particular one we have chosen over the last three decades has outlived its usefulness. It was and is time for a change.

It is easy to get downhearted about the bullheaded stupidity of those who rule our world. It is just as easy to get morose when confronted with the fact that most of those around us seem to have bought the line that any genuine change for the better is politically (or financially, take your pick) impossible. Our particular antidote has always been laughter - which really is the best medicine. We have had countless “rolling on the floor” exercises over the years when contemplating the sheer idiocy of it all. No matter what the state of the world may be, each of us gets to pick those aspects of it which we deem genuinely IMPORTANT. The rest are not worthy of our serious consideration - but they ARE worthy of our derision.

Never forget, the “achilles heel” of anyone who’s driving aim in life is to CONTROL the lives of other people is his or her aching need to be taken “seriously”. No tyrant on any level can handle derision, it deflates them utterly by reducing their stature to its proper level in a way which they cannot escape. Imagine if they held an election and everybody laughed - and then went on about their IMPORTANT business.

In essence, the people who matter in the world are fully confident that they have earned the status of adult human beings and get exasperated with those who insist on treating them as children. There are times when this tiresome tendency can grate very sharply. But most of the time, it really is screamingly funny and really should be treated as such. As Soviet dissenter Vladimir Bukovsky pointed out in his wonderful autobiography - To Build A Castle - one of the most potent weapons wielded by all those who stood up against the tyranny which surrounded them was the political joke. It won a great victory in the end.

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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:14 | 3508431 A Lunatic
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But not maniacal laughter combined with shifty eyes and lots of fidgeting. Nobody likes that............

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:16 | 3508438 Jam Akin
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Ridicule is also a key tactic out of Rules for Radicals.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:27 | 3508455 mikla
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True, because "ridicule" can be effective when you don't have logic nor a substantive response.  (Ridicule in that case allows you to be lazy, and convince witnesses that the topic should not be considered with logic.)

However, the Author suggests that what's going on *itself* is so ridiculous as to not be worthy of attention.  No substantive response is needed, nor possible, because the topic itself makes no sense.

The assertion is that you cannot respond with logic to something that is itself illogical; you cannot take seriously, nor grant merit, to a topic that is ridiculous.

IMHO, that succinctly describes today's political and financial world (ridiculous, with no possible logical response).

In short:  We are in the blow-out phase of a Ponzi, and the people in charge are morons and sociopaths.  They are ridiculous, and any suggestion they have is insane.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:32 | 3508473 Ignatius
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Something like, "They hate us for our freedom"?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:42 | 3508500 OutLookingIn
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"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

- P.J. O'Rourke  

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:46 | 3508514 Ralph Spoilsport
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P. J. O'Rourke was writing for National Lampoon in the 70's when I was at college. It was the best satire you could find at the time IMO.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:09 | 3508551 kaiserhoff
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Exit 190 on Interstate 95 in South Carolina has been designated:

    The Ben Bernanke Interchange.

    So if you are ever passing through and need to take a leak...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:12 | 3508558 Ralph Spoilsport
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May it suffer the same fate as the Howard Stern rest stop on New Jersey's Route 295.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:23 | 3508581 flacon
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Ben Bernanke walks into a pizza shop and orders one large pizza. The waiter asks him if he would like it sliced into six or eight slices. Bernanke replies: "Eight please, I'm very hungry today!"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:39 | 3508603 jbvtme
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can't wait to try out my new  smirk on the roided up psycho cop with his hand on his tazer...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:01 | 3508806 Fish Gone Bad
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This might seem pretty obvious to some, but let me explain it to those others.

If you stand up for your fourth amendment rights, you might be killed anyway.  "I know my rights!!!!"  Zzzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz goes the tazer.  A few days later the headlines describe the police finding some psych patient who "self inflicted" various bruises and contusions until he was in both a coma and found hung by the neck in his jail cell.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:27 | 3508843 espirit
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The Greatest Weapon Against The Tyranny Of "Very Serious People" - Laughter. ...and guns, lots of guns. 
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 04:50 | 3509246 Abitdodgie
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Yes but people have to be perpared to use them like all thoses folk did in Boston against the illegeal house serches ... ho never mind. 

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 05:42 | 3509278 Long_Xau
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Looks like by the time Ben's term expires they're gonna have to start offering pulverized pizza.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:56 | 3508787 Arrowflinger
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Bernanke was a "Pedro" at South of the Border on I-95 when he was a lad.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:34 | 3509309 francis_sawyer
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So that's where he must have learned how to apply 'The Pedro Principle' to his own life...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:11 | 3508552 TwoShortPlanks
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HA-HA....I'll give ya HA-HA

PS. Not my video and don't harm the messenger

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:48 | 3508774 MilleniumJane
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I'm going to remember that one!!!

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 05:13 | 3509258 Long_Xau
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"First they claim they've won, then we fight them, then we laugh at them and then we ignore them."

- NOT Mahatma Gandhi

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:03 | 3508544 MonsterBox
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They hate us for our avaitars...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:09 | 3508550 DanDaley
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Ridicule only works against people who won't immediately kill you, such as the British in India...Stalin, not so much.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:14 | 3508715 Imminent Crucible
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The Samizdat was on anonymous operation. Like those documents, the jokes were passed along between trusted friends.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:25 | 3508738 FreedomGuy
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Exactly! People with a bad sense of humor, inflated ego and access to guns and death camps such as the chubby N. Korean dictator do not take well to ridicule, sarcasm or anything short of reverence.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:06 | 3508818 willwork4food
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Most of the dicks in DC don't have a sense of humor. That is why they are surrounded by security...and THAT is their achilles heel.


Mon, 04/29/2013 - 08:07 | 3509420 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Have you ever met a bureaucrat anywhere that had a sense of humor?

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 01:30 | 3509150 RafterManFMJ
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There's Uncle Joe, he's movin' kinda slow... *POW POW POW*

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:25 | 3508571 The Second Rule
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It's relatively easy to elicit a guffaw by poking fun at at a person or organization that takes itself seriously, like TSA, but it takes real comic genius to spoof something as incredibly idiotic as say NASCAR or Honey Boo Boo. It can't be done by mere mortals. South Park has done all three, managing to dispatch TSA, NASCAR and Boo Boo with devastating accuracy. In less competent hands such spoofs would have appeared as simply puerile. Successfully ridiculing something as apocalyptically stupid as say Jersey Shore requires Godlike powers.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:59 | 3508802 williambanzai7
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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:37 | 3508855 Jam Akin
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As in the film Malice:  When WB7 operates, He IS God!


How about Chris Christy as The Situation (Room)?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:32 | 3508856 Ralph Spoilsport
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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:43 | 3508875 The Second Rule
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Chuckle. I neglected to mention ZH's professor emeritus of satire, Dr. Bonzai.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 07:02 | 3509330 Lumberjack
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And on the 8th day, God said "let there be Banzai".

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:39 | 3509313 HeavyShadow
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a perfect set of words there.

and the most humourous part is, is that in the economic realm the longer the neo-classical hardcore keep employing 'effortless superiority' when any form of rational debate approaches, the heavier they will be shut out of any discussion of a future when the reset button is hit...

and good, lol, fuck them

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 08:01 | 3509396 Anonymous peon
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The ubiquitous political stupidity would be hillarious if not for the fact that I can see what the consequences will be.

It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:23 | 3508459 knukles
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And out of Bernays, as well as employed as a foil in the Hegelain Dailectic... as in Divert and Discredit

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:26 | 3508465 Scritchy
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They only ridicule people who are unarmed.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:29 | 3508470 Benjamin Glutton
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I've noticed over the last 39 years MSM is all to willing to repeatedly call politicians conservatives who are obviously radicals....Ask Ron Paul.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:44 | 3508504 OutLookingIn
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"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."

- Aesop

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:39 | 3509312 Long_Xau
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DON'T STEAL! The government doesn't like competition.

DON'T PONZI SCHEME! The central bank doesn't like competition.

DON'T LIE! The mainstream media already broke that news.

DON'T CORZINE! The justice system needs to feel important.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:37 | 3508482 fonzannoon
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:39 | 3508499 palmereldritch
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Hey! There's no comment section on that blog

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:39 | 3508752 Rusty Shorts
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:22 | 3508450 Nobody
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No actually I like a good hearty laugh accompanied with some guffaws at the end

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:34 | 3508489 nmewn
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The packing tape pulling his nose up was a nice

Leave Barack alone!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:48 | 3508510 GetZeeGold
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You know......maybe we should lay off a tad.


You know how sensitive the marxists can be.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:13 | 3508555 nmewn
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"I'm not the strapping young socialist muslim I used to be!"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:13 | 3508709 New_Meat
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"don't call my bluff"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:27 | 3508735 nmewn
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"Eat your peas!"

"I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money."...sometime before a million dollar golf vacation with Tiger Woods outside Jax.

I got a million of em...I wonder how much it'll cost us for him to improve his sorry ass basketball game with lessons from LeBron ;-)

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