El Faro.
The use of Hegel's 'reasoning' to turn "wrong" into "badly."

Dean Gotcher

"When a man has finally reached the point where he does not think he knows it better than others, that is when he has become indifferent to what they have done badly and he is interested only in what they have done right, then peace and affirmation have come to him." (G. F. W. Hegel, in one of the casual notes preserved at Widener) Emphasis (underline) added.

El Faro was a ship that sank in a hurricane (Joaquin) on October 1, 2015. The Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation concluded that the captain (Michael Davidson) "underestimated the strength of the storm and the ship's ability to ride it out." In other he behaved "badly," which is not a crime. Taking an unsafe ship into a hurricane, killing all on board (the innocent), is wrong, i.e., is a crime.

This is how our courts think today, turning right and wrong into opinions, i.e., "feelings," producing unpredictability judgments, excusing the guilty and punishing the innocent. The dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, i.e., creating and using "loosely defined rules" and "spontaneous changes in rules," i.e., "rules" which are readily adaptable to 'change' to bypass (circumvent) decisions made on right and wrong, i.e., established rules and facts (commands and truth), i.e., rule of law, letting the guilty go free (off the hook), punishing their victims (who have no justice). Instead of getting into the head of the guilty (why he did what he did) the courts should get into the head of the victims (in this case those who drowned in a raging storm, i.e., what they were thinking as they were going down on a sinking ship because of their captains incompetence, i.e., pride and arrogance).

In this way of thinking (replacing "wrong," i.e., objective truth which is established, with "badly," i.e., subjective truth, which is readily adaptable to 'change'), i.e., using the so called logic of "If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around it makes not sound." the unborn child, who can make no sound, i.e., who's mother can not hear it as it is killed, is of no consequence. The cries of the innocent (the victims), both the born (those going down on a sinking ship) and the unborn are not heard in the praxis of "self" 'justification,' the consensus process, and the praxis of 'change'—only the "self interests" (carnal desires) of the people present, making their decision (judgment).

The courts will do the same for those who seek to 'change' this nation. If whatever they do fails or is wrong, i.e., if the ship goes down, no matter how many people are hurt (suffer and die), they did not do anything wrong, they just did things "badly"—which is not a crime (they can not be punished). We see this being played out before us on a daily basis today.

A lawyer told his class (which I was attending): "All us lawyers are trained in semantics, which makes us all liars. The more you are skilled in semantics, the more successful you will be as a lawyer." If lying is the pathway to justice then justice is sacrificed to a nation of liars.

"Jurisprudence of terror takes two forms; loosely defined rules which produces unpredictable law, and spontaneous changes in rules to best suit the state [protecting those who are doing wrong, i.e., covering their ....]."  (R. W. Makepeace and Croom Helm, Marxist Ideology and Soviet Criminal Law) It is where our 'liberal' courts have been taking us for some time and continue to take us in practically every sphere of our lives today. In the end it is the 'liberal,' when he does wrong, which is a crime, who will be judged as doing things "badly," which is not a crime, and the conservative, when he does things badly, which is not a crime, who will be judged as doing thing wrong, which is a crime, since conservatism is wrong and 'liberalism' is right, no matter the crime or absence of it (since the crime is based upon the paradigm being used and not the actual event itself). With "badly" there is only an effort to do things better, with wrong there is contrition, repentance, forgiveness, mercy, and grace.

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2018