That’s what the media does when it concludes the Muslim Riots and Murders are caused by some cartoon, by some words that offend Muslims or a book Muslims don’t like. It’s the logical fallacy of NON SEQUITOR or the false conclusion applied to evidence. Most of the world figured out long ago that regardles of what a woman does there is no justification for blaming her for a rape. Even when someone agrees they tempted a robber by waving around cash, they are wrong. It’s called “The Sanction of the Victim” and it doesn’t change theft, rape, riot or murder into a justified political response.  

Sanction of the Victim


The “sanction of the victim” is the willingness of the good to suffer at the hands of the evil, to accept the role of sacrificial victim for the “sin” of creating values.

Leonard Peikoff, The Philosophy of Objectivism lecture series, Lecture 8

“Then I saw what was wrong with the world, I saw what destroyed men and nations, and where the battle for life had to be fought. I saw that the enemy was an inverted morality—and that my sanction was its only power. I saw that evil was impotent—that evil was the irrational, the blind, the anti-real—and that the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to serve it. Just as the parasites around me were proclaiming their helpless dependence on my mind and were expecting me voluntarily to accept a slavery they had no power to enforce, just as they were counting on my self-immolation to provide them with the means of their plan—so throughout the world and throughout men’s history, in every version and form, from the extortions of loafing relatives to the atrocities of collectivized countries, it is the good, the able, the men of reason, who act as their own destroyers, who transfuse to evil the blood of their virtue and let evil transmit to them the poison of destruction, thus gaining for evil the power of survival, and for their own values—the impotence of death. I saw that there comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win—and that no manner of injury done to him by others can succeed if he chooses to withhold his consent. I saw that I could put an end to your outrages by pronouncing a single word in my mind. I pronounced it. The word was “No.”


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