Edicts against peasant disapproval

Edicts against peasant disapproval

On a factory farm, baby chickens are processed in two ways:

  1. The males are generally thrown into a grinder and killed — because the cost of feeding them outweighs any eventual value they create for the farmer, since the chick will not lay eggs.
  2. The females are generally let to live, but the tips of their beaks are burned off — because having a full beak makes it more likely that they will impair the farmers earnings by killing other chickens through pecking, especially if the females go insane from the miserable, cramped conditions in which they will be held.

In civilized society, competition, contest, and conquest generally occur civilly — by way of disagreement, disapproval and illustration of superior principles or preferences. Yet hyper-socialization led commodification of people to a factory-farm degree: Relegated to miserable, cramped conditions, the economic egg-bearers routinely took to pecking at each other, sometimes severely — sometimes even to the degree of inducing suicidality and homicidality.

To combat these inducements, cultural farmers sought to proscribe, among their flocks, any meaningful competitions, contest, and conquest — proscribing for them even the cultural tools which hint to a rise in such costly behavior.

Hence etiquette against judging, a lumbering law against thought, yet a law at best half-described: A law not against approval, which, though a product of judgment, was permitted; rather a law against disapproval, which remained the purview solely of the fascist technocratic farmers on the cultural factory-farm, vying for hegemony by any means necessary, even the implosion of the culture itself.

Failure formed, as the chicken and sheep — deprived of civil means by which to contest and compete, much less aim for conquest — began slithering and sliding, just as their handlers: Handling their disagreements by showdowns in the shadows, in the severest ways. But one beast-of-burden’s failure is another farmer’s success: The beasts who thus resisted a life of passive misery were of no use to the farmers in the first place; indeed if they had been male chicks — they would have been dead in a grinder long ago.

And so the lumbering of human-lumber continued: Judging id est disapproval was directly outlawed. And, by the criminalization of opinions which startled the factionalized herds of individuals, the fascist technocratic farmers realized their dream of complete hegemony — over broken, passive, pitiful beasts, on the Expanded Plantation.

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