Destroying the Exploiter’s Illusion of Security

Warning: This post is heavy in Speculation and Nihilism.

Almost every single one of you must have, at some point, wondered about what make it possible for so-called “normal” people to behave like self-centered assholes and abuse, exploit and kill others. Your life is probably full of interactions with such people- be they teachers, cops, lawyers, physicians, professors, managers and bureaucrats.

Yes that is correct- those who have a bit more power than others are far more likely to abuse it that those who have much more.

But let us get back to the main reason that these “people” can afford to keep on behaving in the manner they do and screw over others. It is one thing to want to lie, cheat and abuse and another to do it day after day, month after month, year after year. I had mentioned in one of my previous posts that the Dodo survived as long as it did because there were no negative consequences for its behavior and limited abilities on Mauritius for over a million years.

So, let me spell out what I have only hinted at in some of my previous posts. These “people” behave the way they do because they don’t believe that their victims, or people linked to them, will be able or willing to kill them. They are not afraid of the consequences of their actions because all ‘normal’ avenues of recourse and redress in the existent system are meaningless as they are the gatekeepers of those very systems of external feedback. They are thus effectively the law, authorities and judges for their own behavior and therefore secure as long as the system is functional.

The last words of the previous paragraph ‘as long as the system is functional’ are important because the illusion of security and invulnerability rests on the belief that only a tiny percentage of their victims will take matters into their own hands. Now, you might say- “but isn’t that what we see anyway? and how can it ever change?”. To obtain the answers to both questions we must first understand the reason behind the rather low current rates of blowback.

The single most important reason for the low risk of victim strike-back in western and other developed countries is- things are still not widely perceived to be bad enough. Contrary to what many of you think other factors such as personal docility, culture, race etc have little to do with the rates of blowback.

Perceptions can however evolve through more information and alternate social connectivity.

Don’t believe me? Then ask yourself the following question- Can a person, or even a large group of people, keep a watch for and escape every attempt to harm them? The answer is clearly in the negative otherwise the USA would have won Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan with almost no casualties- if you get my point. The reality is that even an organisation built with trillions of dollars, having almost unimaginable capabilities and possessing the ‘latest’ methods to search and kill cannot stop its own from getting killed and maimed by a bunch of illiterate, boy-loving goat herders who just happen to be determined to fight back.

But you might say- “aren’t these professions and their members necessary for keeping society running? Wouldn’t their demise have a negative effect on society as a whole?”

My two-word answer to that is- Who cares? Face it, if any of them have ruined your life beyond repair what happens to society does not matter as it has already forsaken you. Why should you care about the future of system that has broken and thrown you into the trash bin? Who cares about the welfare of a system that has no future for you? Let me put it in another way- Would you care if everybody on this planet died a minute after your own death? The “you” in yourself ceases to exist once you are dead and therefore what happens after your final exit is neither relevant or consequential.

In any case, most of these petty dictators populate professions which were no longer as consequential as they used to be. Do we really require so many teachers and professors in the wired age? Could’t computers do a better job of diagnosing people than doctors and aren’t a lot of treatment for chronic diseases rather useless? Since cops spend most of their time catching people who are either desperately poor, retarded or innocent- wouldn’t better social safety nets and fewer personal laws solve the problem better. Are so many lawyers useful or healthy for a society? What about managers who cannot help but run functional companies into the ground and bureaucrats who cannot help but abuse power once they stop playing solitaire? The old conditions and technological limitations which necessitated the existence of these scumbags are either gone or waning rapidly. Their abrupt and permanent disappearance would, if anything, improve the quality of human existence for the rest of us. In conclusion, I would also like to point out that atomization and anonymity which is currently used to facilitate abuse of most people by these petty despots can be turned again against them.

While the speed and number of pathways for the spread of information and ideas are more robust and diverse than at any previous time in human history- it ultimately comes down to the aggrieved parties acting on their beliefs.


  1. John
    October 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Read “Snakes in Suits” by Dr. Robert Hare and Dr. Paul Babiak

    I am implying that everybody in a suit is a snake.

    • October 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Read this or read that. Why on earth would one want to read about things that he sees every day???

    • P Ray
      May 26, 2012 at 1:47 am

      I remember reading that.
      The psychopath won in the end.
      As happens in real life, the bad guys win.

  2. October 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

    “Could’t computers do a better job of diagnosing people than doctors and aren’t a lot of treatment for chronic diseases rather useless?”

    The irony of this is your computer didn’t catch the misspelling of Couldn’t….

    I did not use the spellchecker.

    Ideas such as this have been explored in sci-fi for years–Wasn’t it I, Robot where Will Smith drove manually and claimed that a robot made the wrong choice in saving his life….

    The decrepit white men who wrote that shit did not have access to technology as we know it, neither was it expected to be so inexpensive.

    Anyways, cops and soldiers were referred to as the “guardian” class by Howard Zinn in A People’s History….

    I think it’s ridiculous when cops hassle homeless people and issue tickets they won’t pay. Why not reduce the number of cops and just use that money to help the homeless-big problem solved.

    There are many ways to do that and it is pretty much inevitable.

  3. Joe
    October 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Why don’t you kill them yourself you weak little pussy? Why haven’t you done it already?

    Because you’re just a little weak man behind a keyboard who can’t do anything but rant on a blog.

    Come on, come do it. Point the gun and pull the trigger. I dare you.

    Never gonna happen because you’re a coward.

    I would not have written this post if I had never seriously considered that remedy.Then there is always the option of failing others at just the right moment.

    Let’s just say that I have no illusion about the non-existent difference between doing something and letting it happen.

  4. G.Bush
    October 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    It is called good old time revenge. Best served cold. Take revenge on those that harm you. It does not have to be a stand up gun fight for every wrong. But it can be something that cost them when the time is right. Bleed them dry of money ,time, and resources.

    PS Spelling Nazi just because you find a spelling error does not make you right. You are not a sixth grade teacher.

    Yes, I am talking about revenge but with a twist. The idea is that if you are going down- why not take out as many of those who put you in that situation.

  5. joker
    October 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    This is awesome. Reserved for whenever I need something to cheer me up.

  6. October 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    @ dubya-hahahaha Spelling Nazi

    So Diablo, I am mixed raced, does that mean when your “dream apocalypse” comes Ryu and you will both try to get me on “your” respective side or will both try to kill me?

    • shreya
      October 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Diablo is an Indian dude. And from what I gather, not easy on the eyes. Good looking Indian men are able to secure for themselves free sex with willing, attractive women.

      • October 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

        Well, I’m a mutt–kinda funny when people bring up race-I’m as problematic as a transsexual when people bring up gender….

        No, no all you racists of different colors, I didn’t choose to be a mutt, not my fault my parents were “open minded.”

        I wasn’t talking about free sex, but diablo’s dream apocalypse….

        wouldn’t mind meeting some nice indian ladies who’d cook me some chicken masala though….

      • shreya
        October 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        stoner, im Indian. Female. Nice? Debatable. I’m a vegetarian so now chicken masala from me. And I don’t cook for potheads.

  7. October 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    you’d be surprised how so called “elite police gun training” is often equal to or inferior to the gun training that is readily available online.

    Google Clemmons, poplawski and lovelle mixon

    Why go that far. They could not even control Iraq, let alone Afghanistan.

  8. October 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Shreya, technically I’m not a pothead- my “vice” is far better or far worse depending on your perspective. I spoke to a philosophy teacher who said that psychadelics are a legitimate way to expand conciousness-however-aspects of my lifestyle may be as or more controversial than diablo’s lifestyle….

    I was a veggie for a year, was skinnier than heck…

    now I feast off the carcasses of rotting animals…

    oh, well, looks like you and me are incompatible……

  9. P Ray
    June 26, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Related: When people lick the balls of Sales (who lied to get the contract), but do nothing to retain and reward the effort that Engineering did (that do the work and have to bridge the reality vs. the promise that Sales guaranteed the customer):

    Companies – when they aren’t big enough that their lies can be glossed over – fail when the promises and rewards are divergent towards the people that actually have to deliver when they had no say in speaking to the customer.

    • hoipolloi
      June 28, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      @Ray: If there is any consolation, I know about this asymmetry for a long time in the American companies, even before arrival of IT industry. One can be sure that the sales force is predominantly, if not completely comprised of U.S. natives (whites). Welcome to American ethnocentric caste system.

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