Sunday, July 27, 2014

What would you choose?


  1. Interesting mind exercise. I immediately imagined a conversation that went something like this:

    me: So I'm supposed to pick a form of government, right? But I can't think of a kind I'd choose, given my druthers. What if I pick nothing?

    you: No, you have to pick something.

    me: But if it's compulsory, then no matter which I pick I get tyranny.

    you: No, no, it's just that if you don't pick somebody else will do it for you. So you'd better pick.

    me: And whichever I pick gets imposed on everybody else?

    you:No, it's majority rule. But there's gonna be one chosen.

    me: Oh. So, no matter which I pick I get tyranny. I don't want to play.

    And that's the problem with politics. I understand - I really do - that in a continent crammed with half a billion people there is going to be a government, and there needs to be. My idea of a perfect world is something like, 'I'll leave you alone, and you leave me alone, and let's just be neighbors.' That works in a community of maybe twelve, and is provably not scalable to a continent. The things that would go wrong in my perfect world are the stuff of interesting history classes, if anyone is left to teach them.

    On the other hand, show me a form of government that doesn't involve organized genocide at some point or another...

  2. Oops - I'm having computer issues. Please delete the comment above (and this one) because at first I just saw a blank sheet with "United States of America" on top and jumped to a very wrong conclusion. Sorry.


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