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Not quite sure why I was so cranky yesterday, but wearing myself out with three hours heavy labour did the trick of returning me to my sweet and delicate disposition. I'm leaving the post up, though, because everyone has the right to exhibit their douchy side once and a while.

But the whole thing still does bother me, and it's been making me think about collective punishments and all, since I was, in a fashion, advocating collective punishment of Hollywood for a portion of the place's ill effects on the world.

And that's the rub. We condemn collective punishment as, among other things, a war crime. But it's actually a broader offence. Institutionalized racism like Apartheid, Jim Crow, etc. are not collective punishments, per se, but the spirit of the crime is the same. Dresden and Hiroshima were collective crimes, as were Nanking and the Warsaw Ghetto. What we find so offensive about terrorism is that it is a collective punishment visited on the most vulnerable for the crimes of some portion of their representative authorities.

So although the individual pleagh of the Oscars reflects an equal creepy nastiness of the whole industry, collective punishment of the actors/producers/directors/best boys, etc. by "stealing" their work is not right.

But wait. There are two structures that are not human, not individual, which are often the target of punishment, to wit: nations and corporations. Nations are destroyed by laws. (No, Barry, I hear you say, a bloody great blitzkreig destroys nations, but no, bear with me.) A nation ceases to exist when it has no legal basis to continue. Tear up the constitution and you destroy the nation. Likewise with corporations. Altering the articles of incorporation transforms the corporation.

And that's the thing. We're in a global state now where our national and corporate laws are hamstringing our ability to act decisively on collective issues like Global Warming, Poverty, and Clean Water (to name three germane issues), and it's going to be very important in this century to be able to bridge the gap between the collective and the individual when it comes to law.

Because the old Roman concept of individual property and freedom is killing us as a species, and we need to find paradigms to grow beyond it without destroying it.

And that's where my brain is these days, with the trying to finish Lukka and starting to work on the new novel-length project I have lined up after it.

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arwensouth
Feb. 28th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Not quite sure why I was so cranky yesterday

PMS?

{ducking and running for cover}
barry_king
Feb. 28th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not THAT much in touch with my feminine side....
asakiyume
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hmmm--at times like these I think how good it would be to have actual back-and-forth conversations in a kitchen or something. I can understand some of what you're saying but I think not all.

Anyway--hope the writing and other projects are going well.
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Could happen. We were thinking of driving to Readercon this year, which goes along I90. Not far off the route.
asakiyume
Mar. 3rd, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
There's a high likelihood I'll be at Readercon myself, so we can talk there, too/instead.
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
That would work, too. CS has an uncle in Lynn, so we'd probably make a trip out there as well.
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