Gumshoe recently stumbled upon the term “The Helegian Dialectic”. It referred to “a stated problem”; “the reaction to the problem” and then “the stated solution”. It is sometimes listed as “the thesis”; “the antithesis” and finally “the synthesis”.
This argument is attributed to one 18th century German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Fredrick Helgel who was a complicated dude in my book. This Gumshoe could rapidly get lost in his “metaphysical weeds”. Help!
(Gumshoe’s brain-housing group is limited due to Gumshoe being a wee bit too close to the evidence locker when Gumshoe processed PCP and LSD tabs back in his “narc” days) Think of “Easy Rider”
Back to Der Hegel who proposed dialectic (logical discussion) seems to play a large part in today’s turmoil. No, he had no part in the Kung Fu virus! (No PC for Gumshoe)
Simply put, the folks who want power, “create a problem” and then “magnify it”.
Note: Think of Professor Henry Hill from “The Music Man” and his song: “Ya Got Trouble” to convince the River City, Iowa denizens about the evils of having a pool hall in their fair city that would directly lead to the corrupt and to the perdition of its youth. This would allow good old (con man) Professor Hill to have them invest in his fantasy marching band before he skipped town. (Sorry, no spoiler alert)
- Now, these nefarious folks just have to massage this “perceived problem” to provoke a “fear-based” reaction by the targeted audience. Fire!
- Now, these scalawags can easily rush in to “save the day” with a well thought out and pre-planned solution. The vox populi will welcome them! Hurrah!
On a very dark note: Think of Der Fuhrer, Heil Hitler! He stoked his personal hatred of the Jews to a fever pitch to project the blame on Germany’s post WWI “problems” on to the Jews to the frustrated populace. He actually laid out his “game plan” in “Mein Kampf”. He got himself into a position of power. The German (Christian-civilized???) people bought it and thus his ghastly “Final Solution”.
“Just following orders” the captured Nazis later replied in their defense as they sat in the Nuremberg Court. Guilty as charged. Hang’em and hang’em high!
Now you may tell me, “Gumshoe, we are much too civilized; too educated and way too sophisticated to fall for the rantings of that type madness and incarnate evil.
“Wrong!” I reply. (Forget about why I am using a 3rd party voice —that’s a tale for another day)
Take the time dear readers to look at the stated goals of BLM. Read the manifesto of Antifa. Remember the iconoclasts of ISIS? Look at the dark ages. Review a chapter from “The Anarchist Cookbook”. Yikes!
“We have met the enemy and he us” according to the comic-page character “Pogo”.
It’s all happening again, folks. Let’s not fall for the “Hegelian Dialectic” again!
In the meantime, remember to love the ones who love you and even try to love who don’t.