Suspension of Disbelief

Depending on whether you’re a cup-half-full person or the cup-half-empty kind, the extents to which the American (and other, to lesser extents) government and its component agencies, branches, and departments (to say nothing of contractors, consultants, and think-tanks) will go in the pursuit of their goals is either a blessing or a curse.

A lot of people at first thought the thaumaturgic border protection presentation from earlier this week was real. It wasn’t, as I believe I made abundantly clear, and most people should have been able to pick up from hints in the report itself. But this notional parody (which the illustrious Noah Schachtman of Wired’s Danger Room called “sharp satire”, with much benefit to my ego) was so successful in part because, for a lot of people, it’s just about the sort of thing the Department of Homeland Security would try to pull off.

At first, you might be inclined to throw your head back in the best over-the-top theatrical style and cackle madly at the fools who would fall for such stuff. But when you consider the time, money, and effort our government has expended on such improbable things as remote viewing, a widespread effort to defend the country from psychic attacks doesn’t seem so far-fetched. It doesn’t really matter whether you think such a thing would work – or is even necessary (“state-sponsored Venezuelan witch-doctors”? Who knew?) – as stupid as the idea may seem, I can’t help but feel the only thing standing in the way of an organized and coordinated magickal defense network for the United States is the lack of anything like a neopagan defense lobbying group with deep pockets.

Thankfully (or alas, depending on your perspective) pagans and money are rarely found in close proximity, so that’s unlikely to happen anytime before, say, the end of time.

Published in: Geekiness, General | on June 7th, 2007| Comments Off on Suspension of Disbelief

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