The “us” at Brock are all individuals who have suffered the impact, directly or indirectly, of the peculiar United States attitude toward its own nonresident nonaliens, and especially the perverse contortions of that attitude since 9/11.
That is going only by the Brock tag line. We attract some resident aliens, and various others as well.
The main “them” is the unsympathetic homelanders, above all those with power: the ones who manufacture a morass of so-called law; and the ones who enforce it, through taxation — the IRS, and through citizenship — Dept. of State.
A big part of our special agony is self-division. Each of us is also them, even after concluding the formalities of severing citizenship and filing the final paper. For those who stop short of that clear divorce, the duality is likely to fester, and to become ever more agonizing in times that will not even be “semi good.”
This is all leading up to the great discomfort that I experience in seeing what looks like a nasty case of ganging-up and scapegoating occurring at Brock. Almost a virtual lynching. A manufacture of a single them to pursue for various reasons.
I’m talking about the persistent and multiple harassments of ConfederateH. To the point of saying we don’t like you, why don’t you take yourself off somewhere else. You must be a troll. That piece of metaphoric language makes you look suspicious. You seem to be driving everybody away. You are polluting the unity (that we never had). Etc.
I would not say some of the things that CH has said. But then I wouldn’t say a lot of the things other Brockers say either. I cut slack. For problems like P we have sane and light-handed moderators, so far. Don’t forget either the great tolerance and good will shown to that idiot WhoaItsSteve. Because he was obviously younger and less experienced?
CH has also provided some very interesting content. Have you forgotten that? Too many Brockers seem to be getting a red flag in their bonnet and then going on blind attack. (Mixing metaphors can be fun, and provide comic relief?)
Two touchstones for the foregoing:
The privatio boni of St. Augustine. Réné Girard — “So, a paroxysm of violence would tend to focus on an arbitrary victim and a unanimous antipathy would, mimetically, grow against him. The brutal elimination of the victim would reduce the appetite for violence that possessed everyone a moment before, and leaves the group suddenly appeased and calm.”