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Amphibolocracy

Here’s an e-mail I received in my inbox yesterday, thanks to the actions of one of my market Anarchist friends on Facebook:

From: Facebook
To: Charles Johnson
Date: 05/04/2010 12:57 PM
Subject: Dominik Hennig suggested you become a fan of Omnipotent Government, by Ludwig von Mises…

Dominik became a fan of Omnipotent Government, by Ludwig von Mises on Facebook and suggested you become a fan too.

To see more details and confirm this invitation, follow the link below: . . .

Thanks,
The Facebook Team

Awkward!

I like Ludwig von Mises alright, but, man, I’m not going to sign on as a fan of omnipotent government, no matter who’s in charge.

If you’re not getting the amphiboly, this may help.

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  1. iceberg

    The word ‘amphibolocracy’ also brings to mind the “Reptilienfonds” that greased the wheels of government in Bismark Germany. See more here: http://bkmarcus.com/blog/2007/08/reptile-fund

  2. Rad Geek

    Thanks for the link. It actually answered a question I had earlier this week — in Kropotkin’s awful letter supporting the French government in World War I, he makes a passing reference to what The German ‘reptile Press’ is saying about the war. The quote-marks suggested a fixed phrase, but I was wondering what exactly he was referring to — in light of the link, I presume it originally referred to latter-day reporters or editors who took bribes from the Reptilienfonds, and thus, by extension, reporters and editors who uncritically toed the line for the Reich.

    Cool term. Worth using. The war-mongering letter still sucks, of course.

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