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  •  "Exclusive" is a funny word. To some people (8+ / 0-)

    it simply means "special" or high falutin' or hoity toity. But, really, what it means is to shut out, usually to make those who aren't shut out (the included) feel good. In a sense, the victims of exclusive groups are colateral damage. The intent isn't to injure them, so, technically speaking there's no injury and definitely no crime.

    But........

    What if we look at it in regards to something common like tax cuts. That's actually a negative benefit in that some people are excluded from paying their fair share of public expense. To exclude someone from a common burden, that's pretty special.  Indeed, if it is accomplished by law, it's a privilege.  If the exclusion enjoyed by the privileged has to be made up for, then is that also damage, not colateral but indicental?

    Neither colateral nor incidental damage are considered criminal acts. Perhaps they should be.

    Of course, binary thinkers are not prepared to consider ramifications, incidental or colateral. Can we hold people to account for being thoughtless?

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:04:20 AM PST

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