“I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go ‘according to plan.’ Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all ‘part of the plan’. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!”
Events in Crimea and the references elected officials have been making to and about Russian president Vladimir Putin brought this memorable line from “The Dark Knight” to mind. The word “thug” has been thrown around over the past couple weeks to describe Mr. Putin, most notably by Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican of Ohio. The thing about the word “thug” is that it conjures up the combination of brute and low intelligence. This is a mistake, whether the thug is the malcontent who takes your lunch money or an autocratic leader such as Mr. Putin.
You see, what frightens the followers of the “rule of law” narrative is that the world is supposed to follow a certain order as defined by rules that are assumed to be followed by anyone who calls themselves civilized. Thugs are considered to dense to abide by this credo. That line of thinking is being demolished by Mr. Putin. It’s not that thugs are stupid. It’s not there possession of brute strength that scares people. It’s the thug’s willingness to actualize on a freedom that comes from knowing that following rules that you had no part in crafting; rules that were not made for your self-interest, are rules that you will not follow. These rules are disposable, and once the thug figures out the costs and determines the benefits are greater, then brute force transforms into singular purpose. It’s a game of chicken the thug may be ready to follow all the way through.
The thug shakes up the established order. What the planners negatively call out of order, the true anarchist calls … natural.
You may denigrate the thug, but don’t underestimate him. Our rules are no defense against him, and we’ll find our rules evaporate in the nothingness they are based on when we find ourselves violating them in order to beat him….
“Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!”