Weakness is provocative

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To sociopaths (the power hungry, authoritarians, and the far left), weakness is provocative. If you give up control, or show a lack of determination, then a sociopath thinks you'd have to be stupid to NOT take advantage of that. It's another way of saying, "nature abhors a vacuum"... in this case a power vacuum.

The quote, "Weakness is provocative" is sometimes attributed to Trent Franks (R) American Politician from the 1980's. Don Rumsfeld used it in speeches in 1977 and 2006. Fritz Kraemer used "provocative weakness" in the 1940's. But the idea goes back much older than that. All intelligent diplomats understand that your currency (what you value) isn't what matters in negotiations, it's what the other guy values. If the other guy wants power/control, then the less the costs of taking it by force, the more likely they are to do it... because they can. And conversely, the higher the costs, the less likely they are to do it. This is fundamental human nature. Some kids will lie, cheat or steal to get what they want... and politicians/leaders of nations are just big children. So without consequences, the worst things imaginable will happen.


We can't communicate effectively if we don't agree on what words or terms mean. Cultural Marxists decided that since they uusally can't win through honesty, logic, history and facts, they could win by twisting/perverting meanings (especially in popular culture and colleges), to distort every discussion into a debate on pedantics, or use truthspeak as a litmus test for who is properly indoctrinated/compliant. This section isn't intended as a comprehensive dictionary, but just to stop that gaslighting, by defining what I (and often history/society means or should mean) when using a term. Not what the far left is trying to re-invent terms into.