Surfing the blogosphere I came across an obscure little site which, curiously, goes offline and occasionally disappears from the major search engines. In fact I have not been able to find it for a few weeks now. It goes (went?) under the curious title ‘Management of Political Diseases’.
There were never any photographs and I could never find any way to contact the owner/blogger. I am not sure I would have wanted him/her having my contact information anyway. The agendas presented were consistently radical and far off the grid.
I write about it now because of the recent news item of the three women who had been missing for ten years having been found alive and now are rescued. The idea of removing people from the grid is curious. And the fact that it could be accomplished “under the radar” for ten years is stunning to say the least.
The evanescent site had been proposing pretty much the same thing but with lawmakers and other politicians. It focused on the frustration of the author (or authors) with today’s deadlocked politics and proposed the strategic removal of certain “dissenters” from the grid, the sequestering or quarantining of individuals viewed as “diseased” and contaminants of progress.
The analogy is a curious one. And analogies are practically the life blood of rhetoric. Successful use of analogies have served many successful political efforts from Roman civilizations to the Nazi party to Republicans and Democrats. And it doesn’t matter if the analogies are accurate or appropriate, just that they resonate with a given constituency.
Think about it. Are there just a few “infected” people encumbering the workings of government? And can their temporary removal rehabilitate the process? I don’t know. But I am not surprised to have seen such radical suggestions in light of the political gridlock of the past few years.
It appears to me that this blog has again disappeared, perhaps because of the appearance of similar ideas in the public media. And I don’t know if any such plans are being made or attempted but I do know that I would not want to be a public figure these days.