And the Lord God spake “Thine enemies are but cattle, slaughter them as such.” Well, ok, so maybe that’s not overtly in any text I know of, but it could be. In both the recent discussion I had and in the latest animal “rights” terrorist activity, I discovered an amazing convergence between terrorism, violence, vengeance, racism, sexism, etc. This is a convergence of tactics, but there are very similar words used. It is the tactic of dehumanizing the target of their aggression. I note the words “monster,” “sick bastards,” and “evil” appear with rather high frequencies on both of these. Also, most forms of hatred tend to revolve around a dehumanized character. Below are some examples.
“Anyone in any major city that has an I.Q. of over 7 can see that blacks are animals nothing more, nothing less”
It can be seen in quotes used often by terrorists:
It can be seen indirectly:
Atheists don’t believe in God. By default they believe in evolution and life just being an ”accident.” So, since they are just basically the same as any other animal (by their own belief system) why should anyone take what they say seriously? Just throw them a banana and tell them be quiet.
Tiller got what he had coming, it’s just too bad somebody didn’t do it before he killed all those poor innocent babies. When there’s a rabid animal loose, you need to put him down and that’s just what Tiller was.
I propose that the reason for this dehumanization is that humans are actually intrinsically against violence against any person within their group and must, somehow, reduce a person to “outsider” status. He or she must be excluded from one’s own group. They must also reduce the intelligence of what the person is saying through these tactics in order to more easily ignore them. This is often done, both in argument (“you’re an idiot,” “no, you’re an idiot”) fashion, in prosecution (“he’s an idiot,” “yea, he is”), and in posse formation (“get the idiots!” “yea, let’s get them!”). I wonder if the drive to dehumanize one’s perceived enemies is something required or simply an effective tactic which is used in desperation.