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The Scapegoat: A Brief History of Meaning

Be it personal, political, or otherwise. Scapegoating erodes through a lack of accountability.

A modern interpretation of Azazel as a Satanic...

A modern interpretation of Azazel as a Satanic, goatlike demon, from Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal (Paris,1825). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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According to Sir James Frazer’s turn of the century classic, The Golden Bough; A Study in Magic and Religion, scapegoating has existed in every culture since the earliest times. Animals such as goats, snakes, and lizards as well as human beings were used to carry the village sins away from the community.

Either through sacrifice or banishment, the chosen victim carried the guilt and blame for the entire population. The perpetrator’s story is slightly different, however.

Historically Speaking

Historically what was chosen to carry the sins could be animal, vegetable or mineral.

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Does it Really Matter That Tamerlan Tsarnaev Liked InfoWars?

Some online sources are reporting that accused (and very much deceased) Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev liked Alex Jones’ InfoWars website. Does that really matter? I’m not the biggest fan of InfoWars, personally, but painting Alex Jones as some kind of guilty party just because some accused murderer liked his work doesn’t seem fair to me. It reminds me of the Satanic Panic of the eighties: Cops, educators, preachers and parents tried to blame Dungeons & Dragons and heavy metal music every time a fan of either committed a crime.

For all we know, Tsarnev was a disinfo.com reader. Or a cracked.com fan. Or a Redditor. Maybe he liked banana pudding, or enjoyed playing Extreme Frisbee.

It doesn’t matter. Alex Jones isn’t accused of setting off bombs in Boston, and InfoWars sure didn’t direct Tsarnaev – or anyone else – to go out and murder and maim innocent people. It no more fair to blame Jones than it would be to blame Tsarnaev’s religious faith (incidentally, his local mosque won’t give him an Islamic funeral) or choice in toothpaste.… Read the rest

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