Have you ever been in a room full of (mostly) idiots and when something is said like "George Bush" or "war in Iraq" or "Exxon Mobile" you hear that "knowing" snicker from the lemmings. The snicker that says "we know that [fill in the blank] is the devil."
I am so tired of the snicker. I experienced it, yet again, tonight in a class that I am taking. Now I don't always wear my politics on my sleeve but I have chosen to be very outspoken in this class. (I am anxiously waiting for one of the tree huggers to ask me about animal cruelty so I can respond with "I'll club a baby seal to death if I can get a pair of slippers out of it.")
Anyway, one of the lemmings brought up a "news item" about the profits of Exxon Mobile. The snicker that followed was accompanied by cries of "disgusting" and "outrageous."
Actually it was the teacher who said "disgusting." (Keep in mind that this is a bussiness class)
When I interupted with "what's disugting about profits?" I got the snicker again. (That's two)
I then suggested that oil prices in America are subject to market forces just like everything else. No one company has the power to "screw" us. Got the snicker.
At this point it was claimed that the oil companies work together.
I suggested that this was called price fixing which is a crime and it's irresponsible to accuse people of crimes with no proof. The topic was changed before I could insist that anyone present with evidence of price fixing contact the attorney general.
My point? With absolutely no specific knowledge of the oil industry and with no general knowledge of markets, the lemmings must simply resort to the "knowing snicker" when faced with logic. They know that "big oil" is bad, they aren't quite sure why though.