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r.hazeltine at uws.edu.au
Wed Jun 15 08:11:02 EST 2005
It look like you just don't get it. This kind of posting is what exactly
what I object to and I believe what the discussion has been about. We
have been putting up with this pontificating for far too long from too
Get over it, mate.
Robert Hazeltine Phone: +61(2) 9678-7621
Senior Analyst/Programmer Email: r.hazeltine at uws.edu.au
University of Western Sydney http://www.uws.edu.au/
On Wed, 15 Jun 2005, Deus Ex Machina wrote:
> Dear Linkers,
> I have been reflecting on what has been happening in this list and if
> you have been following any of the discussion, debates and flame wars
> they follow a very consistent theme.
> If you don't want me to stick my head up then I strongly suggest you
> avoid any displays of suffering from the effects of tall-poppyism.
> Tall poppyism is particular nasty form of un-enlightenment.
> It manifests in many ways, and dare I say it, virtually all debate on
> this list arrises when I step in defend tall poppies.
> As examples of tall-poppyism are anti-MS, anti-US, anti-wealth etc. The
> emotions that drive the tall-poppyist are fear and jealous and are often
> expressed as hate. The tall-poppyist often attacks the tools and method
> that allow people to get ahead and support the means for the tearing
> down of tall poppies and redistribution to the not so tall poppies.
> Like all good bigots the tall-poppyist enjoys wallowing in the rubric of
> justification for his or her particular infection. Like all bigots the
> tall-poppyist is blind to his or her disease.
> Tall popyism is a mental disease just like any other form of narrow
> The cure for tall popyism is the simple realisation that there is no
> correlation between evil and tall poppies. Just as there is no
> correlation between being black and being evil.
> The tall poppyist assumes automatically that if you support a tall poppy
> you are opposed to the normal poppies. Examples are that if support
> Microsoft that I must be against open source. This is of course
> The most distilled form of tall popyism is the leftist ideologies and
> the most extreme example is socialism. I am increasingly becoming
> intolerant of socialism and its virulent memes or egalitarianism and
> have posted numerous rejections of this. I have made numerous post about
> the inevitability of difference and on the broad theme that there is
> nothing wrong with difference.
> The tall poppyist often thinks of poppy sizes as a zero sum game and
> sometimes assumes that a tall poppy gets ahead at the expense of other
> poppies. This is clearly a logical fallacy.
> The tall poppyist needs to study Pareto optimality and understand its
> I have been asked off list why I am so tolerant of the difference of
> inequality and I think the correct question is why are you not?
> I would like to think that from now on we will see a decline in
> tall-popyism on this list as people take a moment to think about what
> they post and check to see if they are indeed suffering from this form
> of malicious infliction. Which is in essence no different to racism,
> sexism etc.
> Often the people who are out to "save the world" are in fact the very
> ones who the world needs saving from.
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