Evil is a chain, not a single person

I'd like to bring your attention to the sparkling gems that are Bill Maher's New Rules.

New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie.
There's no doubt that Bill is observant and very funny. But he's at his intelligent best when there's something important to talk about.
Is George Bush purely evil? Of course not. And that's what's so evil about him. He doesn't twirl a mustache and smirk and cackle. Well, he doesn't twirl a mustache. He's like the Peanuts character Pigpen. Wherever he goes, he stirs up such a humongous mess it can only be cleaned up by Halliburton. But he is not pure evil.

Because evil is a chain. Did any one person doom New Orleans? No, it's a chain. People vote for a corrupt leader; a corrupt leader puts unqualified cronies in high places, and when those cronies fuck up, evil gets done. The devil didn't fly up from hell and knock a hole in that levee. The levee just didn't get built because the money for it went to rich people's tax cuts and pork projects and corporate welfare.

Well said. It's so true and so well put, I read it twice because it was so good the first time.

Want more? Check out his latest entry where he comments on Harriet Meir's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Posted on October 13, 2005 in politics . | 298 Trackbacks, 1 Comments


I disagree. With all ideas of evil they all boil down to just an idea. An idea that is dictated purely by the culture of the time. What is evil for today may not be for the future.

Today, evil is idiocy.

Evil does not exist as it's purely an idea of an imaginative person seeking to define that which he/she does not understand or like.

You could say fire is evil. It burns to the touch, and can cause a 'chain' of destructive ramifications. But we know better today as it is used by us as a tool and needed in nature as part of a system to sustain a balance in pine forests.

With this said, I would like to classify Bush more as a cultural disaster or anomaly till we know how to deal with his kind in a more productive manner. :)

Posted by: knuckle head at November 15, 2005 05:20 PM

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