The Left-Handed Fair Treatment Fallacy
Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view, and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence.
- Christine de Pizan (1364-1440)
Inspired by Christine de Pizan's (1364-1440) quote, "Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view, and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence." The titled responsion is "The Left-Handed Fair Treatment Fallacy". What follows is subject to revision, do you have any suggestions?
Thinking about "left-handed" versus "under-handed" we need to spend some time explaining the difference. The reader has to understand that the Left is a political stance. The assumption is that there are no under-handed activities from bad actors or if there are then they are irrelevant in terms of outcomes and orientation. I realize I am being very vague here, so let me try and explain.
I consider myself to be a moderate, one that identifies with the Left more than with the Right. This being said, I feel that there are some significant faults with the liberal camp (Left) that make this quote from Christine de Pizan resonate more than five hundred years after her time on this planet.
I realize that this was not the intent of Christine's thought and also that the point of this responsion exercise is to use the planksip version of Free Form Association (FFA) to consider multiple imagined outcomes. The counterfactuals that I am referring to are not outcome-based and therefore imply a metaphysics of sorts that are best left for another day to expand upon.
Why Clint Eastwood and the reference to the iconic scene where Will Munny (played by Clint Eastwood) acts as the angle of death? The reason being may only be because this makes a good story. And isn't that the point? If Will had no thread of wisdom or coersive corrective action terminating from his tortured existence, the character would simply be a pyschopath — and why would we propagate that?
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