The Law

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FT
The shadow hanging over central bank control
In modern finance, money and debt have become increasingly commingled in a risky way

If I count right … this was the 46th. comment –
(try and stay awake to the end)

So many comments.

So little agreement.

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Amoeba, in comments here, brings us to `the law`.

If the boy shags the girl (under-age) he is guilty `in-the-eyes-of-the-law`.

What, we ask ourselves, is the law punishing~?

The answer is impossible to really establish … but, it is something like – `the law sees that the soul of the boy is guilty for rebuffing the advice of the angel and going with `the voice of the devil`. The boy, in short, should-have-known-better.

We know, that the boy is not a `soul` and so there was no `choice` in the matter.
Circumstance had swirled the meat-and-potato blob into a place where shagging the fourteen-year-old girl was inevitable.

Let me run that one-more-time, so you don’t go off at a siding and stay there.

In-normal-language, we say that `a choice` was made. That is what we say.
But, in reality, there was no choice in the choice that was made … but we don’t readily talk this way.

A choice was made, that was no choice at all.
The boy `was in a state of inevitable action`. The boy-blob flowed into the shagging, like he flowed out of his mother’s body at birth.

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This is how Tolstoy is going on –

The fifth class consisted of persons who had been far more sinned against by society than they had sinned against it. These were castaways, stupefied by continual oppression and temptation, such as the boy who had stolen the rugs, and hundreds of others whom Nekhludoff had seen in the prison and out of it. The conditions under which they lived seemed to lead on systematically to those actions which are termed crimes. A great many thieves and murderers with whom he had lately come in contact, according to Nekhludoff’s estimate, belonged to this class. To this class Nekhludoff also reckoned those depraved, demoralised creatures whom the new school of criminology classify as the criminal type, and the existence of which is considered to be the chief proof of the necessity of criminal law and punishment. This demoralised, depraved, abnormal type was, according to Nekhludoff, exactly the same as that against whom society had sinned, only here society had sinned not directly against them, but against their parents and forefathers.

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  • amoeba

    Zeitgeist.

    The United States of Insecurity.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-united-states-of-insecurity/

    • It is `only fair` that if you work hard … you should … what~?

  • Axionication 3

    Yes, Tolstoy was thinking hard on this.

    (((He is/was the Doyen to a great many people. Perhaps his ultimate written take was tempered by this ‘responsibility’.)))

    • Yes … I think he is going as far as he feels safe to go.
      It is clear he has more levels to reveal, but, as you say, maybe kept them quiet.

      (or, maybe, this is/was as far as he got. tiz a tricky subject after all)

      • Axionication 3

        I have ‘a confession’ on my bed side table. Have read it a few times.
        It is (to me) a ‘different” Tolstoy to ‘resurection’. A more dreamy Tolstoy. But still a very melancholy Tolstoy.

        Resurection (up to now) shows me why Tolstoy is sometimes referred to as a Social /Christian anarchist.

        (((The stuff was eating him. I don’t think that he ever got to ‘as far as he got’)))