…from the quill of Antisthenes

By now everybody knows what the Yiddish word “chutzpah” means. It is described as “insolence”, impertinence” and “audacity” as in “audacity of hope”. It means a bit more than that and its application is best shown by an example of a young man, who, being convicted of patricide and matricide, asks the judge for leniency since now he is an orphan.

Yesterday I recalled this, while I glanced at a TV clip of  gathering Bluescope Steel workers, who were about to be retrenched because the company can not economically produce steel for export. Some overweight male was addressing them and said something to the effect, ”you are in this situation because you don’t have any union to protect you.” What chutzpah! The workers are in this situation precisely because for decades now the union apparatchiks did their damnedest to kill the Australian manufacturing, and the industry generally, first to help USSR and now to assist China.

It was a short clip and perhaps I’m unfair to that person. Perhaps what I heard was just an introductory joke to a culinary lecture about contemporary Chinese banquets. Perhaps I am unfair to the unions. After all, they did improve the living standards of some. Ask Craig Thomson.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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4 Responses to Chutzpah

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  2. Mad curate says:

    Unions are responsible for at least a half of our economic voes.

  3. Steve says:

    Unions don’t help workers any more.

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