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Sun Sep 29, 2013, 02:22 PM

11. How to talk about it?

Say I manage to get a well paid, high profile job which is somewhat beyond usual level of employment. Instead of trying to do my best, live up to the responsibilities of the position, I work to undo the things achieved by my predecessor in the position and by my coworkers. I'm tearing down the company from within, acting as a subversive, right? Is that ethical behavior? Is it moral behavior? Am I serving in good faith? Why or why not? Is such an approach ever justified, and if so, when?

Perhaps framing it that way might get some people to think about what's being done by the Tea faction. It could easily backfire, I suppose, and end up as a discussion about unions subverting employers, or something. At that point I would introduce the topic of who holds the power in a situation, and what responsibilities come with power. Are certain behaviors or tactics more acceptable by the powerless against the powerful than vice versa? Framing in terms of responsibility, power dynamics, and ethics or morals may help some people understand what is so appalling about the current state of Republican politics.

I would perhaps also talk about how so much of this results from problems within the Republican party. The way they handle their election primaries helps groups like the Tea faction gain power. Their reliance on informal procedures like the Hastert Rule gives the Tea faction a disproportionate level of control over Congress. Gradually I would move toward topics like the Orwellian-named Citizens United ruling.

The Republicans hold immense power, but they keep trying to frame themselves as the underdogs. I think this helps justify their use of subversive tactics usually used by the powerless, even as they wield great power.

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