Public Service Announcement: Right Makes Right – or does it?

Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight: the title of this piece is incorrect in every conceivable manner save one: it’s analogy to “might makes right”, and the self-justifying arrogance embodied in that belief.

Being right – saying or thinking the right things (whatever your particular sphere of political belief defines as “right”) – does not automatically your actions right. But it’s truly amazing how many people seem to believe it does. There are true believers in this one at both ends of the political spectrum, from the left-wing hypocrites who think that being morally right excuses vandalism to the right-wing hypocrites who believe in the Ten Commandments, but only for everyone else.

There’s a particular style of political activism that distinguishes itself by thinking that being morally right means that your actions are, by definition, moral. Whatever they might be. So it’s okay to, for example, kill people in order to prevent the “murder” of abortion; or to provoke the police by every means up to and including physical violence, and then scream that it’s “police brutality”.

If you’re going to go around telling people that you’re right, and you know what’s best for them, and so on, get a clue: saying this sort of thing means you should be held to a higher standard of moral conduct, not a lower one.

This applies to you whether you’re a cop or a protester; whether you’re Richard Dawkins or Pope Benedict. If you’re right, then don’t tell us: show us.

1947 – The Roswell Incident

Will we ever know the truth of what happened that day?

For more than sixty years now, the Roswell Incident has been a mystery, one only obscured further by the mass of claim and counterclaim that it has inspired. Even leaving aside fictional treatments (of which there are over a hundred), the ‘true’ accounts given by various people disagree in nearly every possible particular, from what happened to where it happened. But all speculation and rumour leads back to the few incontrovertible facts: the Air Force issued a statement on July 8, 1947, attempting to stem a tide of rumours regarding what it might or might not have picked up the day before. Unfortunately, later that same day, a second press statement that contradicted the first in some details was also released.

Wacky hijinks ensued, and fifty years later we were all watching The X Files. Strange but true. The rest of it, while definitely strange, is less clear as to truth…

Referenced in:

Hangar 18 – Megadeth
Roswell 47 – Hypocrisy
Aliens Exist – Blink 182
Hangar 84 – Pitchshifter
Motorway to Roswell – the Pixies
Remember 47 – The Skitzophones
Roswell that Ends Well – Far-Less