I love this metaphor because it brings to light the hilarity of DDE intention-mongering. You see, if the mass murder of undesirables by the nazis was a merely foreseen but unintended consequence of their political program, if they did not target jewish people *as such*... what?
One funny thing about """merely foreseen""" consequences of my actions is that they do happen to be subject to my choice in much the same way as those I "intend". I am aware of the impact of my choice on the world, and I willingly make it, and it is my will that brings it about.
So, to be philosophical, if we separate what I knowingly cause from what I intentionally cause, what does this shaved intention actually amount to? In both cases it's a free exercise of my will in action (that is: my choice) that causes these things to occur.
So it can't be control, because from the perspective of my free choice both what I pursue and what I foresee are aspects of my action and as such under my control. I think it's just my wish for one and my indifference for the other part of the totality of what I in fact *do*.
One can not distintegrate their choice into little pieces in the way that this requires, and even if they could, they would still all fall on their head, the relation of their desire to them be damned. What I foresee as necessarily connected to the means I utilize, I intend.

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Lmao, the Dockkk of Stockkk is out there excusing herself with "listen, I'm not saying all of the individual members of that group are degenerate sexual deviants, that would be transphobic, I'm only saying they're typically degenerate sexual deviants, which is different and fine"
I laugh, cryingly
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The idea that the police is necessary to maintain order is hilarious. The police is not actively supervising virtually any of the areas that remain as peaceful as the next one, and policing is actually linked with increased violence and conflict, but that's not all.
If people were in fact inclined towards serious criminality and violence, the police would not, by any stretch of the imagination, be able to do anything about it. They are massively outnumbered. Order is maintained because people are conflict averse. Not because of any sheepdogs
That's why the tired trope of all social order collapsing into generalised outbursts of destructive violence when the police disappears is a reactionary delusion, and a pretty bad mark even on otherwise good films or literature.
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Honestly, the prevalence of these inane, and frankly embarassing, rituals even on the left make me think there's some shared underlying cultural factor controlling for the success of over the top evangelical conservatives in the US.
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