Shaffer on contracts and Iraq
Even when he is merely throwing out a few words in a blog entry as opposed to writing quality essays, Butler Shaffer always brings some invaluable insight to the virtual table. Here's what he had to say earlier today on the subject of an Iraqi constitution:
Every so often a particle of realpolitik truth manages to slip out in the establishment media. In interviewing an alleged "expert," a Fox Snooze anchor asked whether the violent disorder in Iraq would subside once "a constitution is imposed on this country."
"Imposed?" Whatever became of the "social contract" entered into by "we the people?" Perhaps in observing how a new government gets rammed down the throats of Iraqis, myths about the origins and nature of constitutional systems will begin to work their way out of conditioned minds. That the Soviet Union had a constitutional form of government - grounded in the American model - should help to erode this rationale for the violent subjugation of people.
At least the Mafia doesn't pretend that its "contracts" are expressions of the free will of its victims!