New category: Extremier than Extreme

[ by Charles Cameron — possibly simple-minded, but offered to our mentor JM Berger — includes a horseshoe & a neat paradox, too ]


Today’s example:

GOP Senate candidate that Trump called to vote against claims he's "Trumpier than Trump"

— The Hill (@thehill) May 7, 2018

Trumpier than Trump. Okay..


Let’s generalize from here, and diagam this:

Extremier than the Extreme.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this. I’m pretty sure ISIS was AQier than AQ in the day, and that even earlier, there was a splinter group within AQ that was “more extrem”. Might have been Zarqawi, in which case our two examples collapse into one..

“Extremier than the Extreme” — within its own extreme context, it can be one helluva claim to make!


While we’re on the subject..

There’s also the oft-noted Horseshoe effect, whereby opposite expremes come to resemble one another:

This one, Revolutionary > Dictator > Dictator is well known because of the frequency with which Revolutionaries come to resemble the Dictators they overthrew.

A concatenation of horseshoes of this sort would give you Revolution > Dictatorship > Dictatorship > Dictatorship ad nauseam, with a Dictatorship currently in power, and a Revolution constantly brewing.


Oh, and by the way, an intriguing paradox:

4 comments on this post.
  1. Charles Cameron:

    Another version of “extrmier”?

  2. Charles Cameron:

    A positive equivalent?

  3. Charles Cameron:

  4. Charles Cameron:

    I’ve been thinking a bunch about this post, and here, with a alittle help from my friends, are a couple more diagrams: