Breaking the chain of command

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Michael Nagler has given the world much to think about in his excellent commentary “Breaking the Chain of Command.”  With the Bradley Manning case as an example, Nagler gives us a quick tour of the practice known as “scapegoating,” stops for a bit at the rabbit hole cohabited by Commerce and War, and ends at an illegal dump site for society’s sins.

One of Girard’s more brilliant discoveries was that to maintain the fiction of its efficacy, the scapegoating system must conceal the inconvenient fact that the victim had nothing to do with the problem. Scapegoat literature never allows the victim to speak…