October 21st, 2003

eyes black and white

Can you see the fnord?

In a private email, my friend gustavolacerda, tells me that he begins to realize how people see Government as a magic provider of goods for free, that turns whims into reality simply by pronouncing sacred words. (They dub such pronouncements enacting laws -- but, as Frederick Mann remarks, that is but an instance of the Ghost Not phenomenon.) He asks me if that was what I was trying to tell in my essay Government is the Rule of Black Magic. It looks like he's beginning to see the fnord!

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