Why that ‘Sheepdog’ analogy doesn’t work for me.

I like me some Bill Whittle. He writes pretty. I think that I first heard of the sheepdog analogy from him; I could be misremembering.

But, don’t forget what the sheepdog’s job really is. That dog is there to keep the flock safe for the sheepherder.

Until that sheepherder decides that it is time to bring the flock in for sheering or slaughter, whichever the case may be. The sheep still end up mutton, or shorn. Sometimes both.

The dog doesn’t fight the shepherd. That is not his job.

Just sayin’.


Why that ‘Sheepdog’ analogy doesn’t work for me. — 1 Comment

  1. I believe the analogy is:
    Wolves/Predators = Al Qaeda/Terrorists/Criminals
    Sheep = people; general populace; community; family members
    Shepherd = Government, or Social Order (not in a bad way, necessarily), or Chief of Clan, (Jesus?)
    Sheepdog = Police/Armed Services/Parent, Guardian, (Militia? Vigilante? Guardian Angels?) appropriately armed

    The Sheepdog’s job is to protect the sheep from wolves, cougars, and other predators. The dog, also a predator, is armed enough to protect the Sheep, but tamed by the Shepherd, to not prey upon them, in exchange for food, shelter and pack status.

    Problems arise, when the bargain among Sheep, Shepherd and Sheepdog breaks down. There’s a John Ringo novel link in there somewhere, too, I think. The Sheep/Shepherd part of the analogy is potentially the weakest, as applied to people, since, as you point out, from the Sheep’s perspective, “What’s the diff?” From a Bill Whittle perspective, I think the “Jesus” part is more prominent than the John Ringo connection, which emphasizes Hobbes and Nietzsche, rather than Rousseau. The DP classicists around here may be better able to put their spin on it . Then again, I may be overthinking the whole thing.

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