Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Another Name for This Rose

I never thought that I was the first person to identify the problem one faces when he must defend his actions through either malice or incompetence. However, I have learned (thanks to commentor Peatey) that this dilemma has a moniker -- and a truly brilliant one at that.

Reagan's Bind.

Apparently, Slacktivist coined this term way back in 2003. I guess I need to get out more.

What if, as I suggested in this post, it's a choice between malice, incompetence, or criminal negligence? Might I suggest Rumsfeld's Bind? Too derivative? Perhaps. Then again, if I keep repeating it, maybe it will catch on. One can always hope.
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