Duplicity, cowardice, betrayal, or simple idiocy…as a general observation, the pain of these is inversely proportional to the number of participants. For our math savants this can be expressed as:
P = I * 1/N
A lone idiot bears the full brunt of his intellectual or moral deficit. His competitive disadvantage to prudent peers quickly becomes stark. There’s a dim future in being a moron in Mensa. Though prospects brighten significantly if everyone can be made moronic.
Thus if the imprudent can threaten or cajole equally disastrous behavior from others, their costs can be distributed and none suffer more in comparison. That’s why misery merely loves company, while stupidity demands it.
You see this phenomenon playing out across Europe, as the western suicide squad demands their eastern kin take their fair share of the hemlock. It’s amusing that migrants are said to be coveted resources while simultaneously being shoved down gagging national throats. I don’t know that anything so allegedly desirable has ever required a more strenuous sales pitch.
And the Italians for one are pitching hard.
An angry Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador after the government in Vienna announced it was ready to re-introduce border controls and deploy troops and armored vehicles along the border to block any migrant influx out of Italy.
Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil told Kronen Zeitung daily that troops could go to the Brenner Pass and that four Pandur armoured personnel carriers had been sent to the Tyrol region with 750 troops were on standby.
Even idiots understand to never be the last one. And Italy is now frantically contemplating a future where the African border suddenly stops at the Brenner Pass. Austria’s action thus raises the costs of Italy’s stupidity. And no one likes inflation when you’re buying in bulk.
It would be morbidly fascinating if the next disastrous war on European soil fell under the banner of diversity. If Italy, France, or Germany launched an attack on their reluctant neighbors to equalize the benefits of open borders. Far stranger catalysts have occurred. Particularly when stupidity is in a bull market.