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Monday, November 16, 2009

Dayenu

Arnold Kling has a suggestion for Veteran's Day ceremonies:

My proposal for Veterans' Day observances is that they should include a re-telling of the history of World War I along the lines of the Passover re-telling of the Exodus. My goal would be to help innoculate people from believing in the wisdom of the ruling class.
Something along the lines of Dayenu (earlier discused here) might be appropriate:
  • If Austria–Hungary had declared war against Serbia but Russia had not mobilized, it would have been enough to make us mistrust the political class.
  • If Russia had mobilized but Germany had not declared war on Russia, it would have been enough to make us mistrust the political class.
  • If Germany had declared war on Russia but France had not declared war on Germany, it would have been enough to make us mistrust the political class.
  • If France had declared war on Germany but Germany had not invaded Belgium, it would have been enough to make us mistrust the political class.
  • If Germany had invaded Belgium but Great Britain had not declared war on Germany, it would have been enough to make us mistrust the political class.
  • ………
  • If Germany had tried recruiting Mexico but America's worst President had not declared war, it would have been enough to make us mistrust the political class.

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