This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The Scapegoat

Think of “the scapegoat” as the everyday, milder version of the demonized enemy, serving a more symbolic function. This technique exploits the same human weaknesses, but on a subtler level. We may not all reach violent levels of enthusiasm and hysteria, but we all desire self-justification—we all desire a personal entity on which to place blame for our troubles, frustrations, and failures. This desire, subtle as it may be, is what makes us susceptible to the Scapegoat.

For example, if I am struggling to find employment, I might blame immigrants or the president. Now, immigrants may indeed be the reason I am unemployed; but it might also be that I’ve made some bad decisions, or that I have an unpleasant personality, or maybe the economy is just lagging and it is not the fault of any particular group. On a psychological level, however, only one of the former options will satisfy my deep need to find a personal evil. We search for this personal evil and we must find it, even if we must project it onto some person or group. We do this because, the last thing we wish to do is blame ourselves.

This is perhaps one of the main reasons our two-party system survives: They provide one another with a perfect scapegoat. They need each other. They are symbiotic. The Right could not do without the Left, because then they would have no one to blame for everything that goes wrong.

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