The Catch-22 of Modern Democracy

Insight #308

We’re not against government. We’re just against “big” government. (Created with Microsoft Copilot)

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Imagine you’re a fighter pilot. You know it is insane to fly a dangerous mission. So you ask to be grounded because of your mental state. Big mistake! The doctors declare you are obviously sane… because you recognize the insanity of the mission!

That’s Catch-22, as Joseph Heller described it in his book of the same name. (At least, that’s how I understand Catch-22.)

Catch-22 ensures that a pilot cannot be grounded for being crazy.

Now consider this. You must be nuts to be happy that our infrastructure is failing; our environment is rotting; our privacy is public; our highest court is suspect; our food is killing us. You may add to the list as you see fit.

However, if you complain about any of this, then we can assume that you are sane enough to understand the need for it to be fixed. And that the only way to fix it is through some form of government intervention.

Catch-22 ensures that citizens cannot be against their government. Even if they say they are.

But you’re not against government, you say. You’re just against “big” government. Well, keep in mind that pilots cannot choose to fly short missions, ones that don’t get them near the job to be done.

Surely, doing that would indeed be insane.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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