June 17th, 2017



50+ years ago, I fell in love with Isaac Asimov’s Foundation (the series in general, and particularly the novel of that name). It told of a world where those with the political virtues—strongest, meanest, pushiest, loudest, most numerous, richest, etc.—got their asses handed to them by the side with the best map of the situation. That is how the world should be.

And for all that time I have been arguing with many people’s favorite quote from it: "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." It isn’t. Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent. The competent follow the Teachings of Don Vito: Always try to reason with them first.