29 January 2016

The Failures of Success

A 17-year-old girl who was attacked by a man in a city center at night told police that he knocked her to the ground and unbuttoned her pants, trying to undress her, but she turned on him with pepper spray and was able to escape. Her assailant fled and hasn’t been caught, but the victim is facing legal consequences. 
“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten of S√łnderborg, Denmark, told TV Syd about the incident, which occurred at 10 p.m. on Jan. 20. Her fine will be around 500 kroner ($73), and many commenters on TV Syd’s story have offered to pay it for her.
I suppose that it is easy for successful, established cultures to forget the price that was paid to attain success.  As such, it is easy to think that the establishment of a long-standing culture is predicated on taking the moral high road.  More often than not, though, the truth is that cultures are established by violence and force, and maintained by the threat of violence and force.

Thus, the law banning the use of pepper spray is nothing more than moral preening, used to yield forth fruits of emotional hedonism.  While it might feel good to feel that you are part of a society that has attained such a level of civility so as to not need violence or the threat thereof to maintain peace, the reality is that barbarians, whether from within or without, are repelled not by moral smugness, but by violence.

As such, punishing citizens for using something more substantial than moral soliloquies to defend themselves is really nothing more than a societal death wish.  Society is built on the backs of honest men and is sustained by the blood of barbarians.

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