[ExI] punishment

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 12:04:44 UTC 2009

2009/3/26 spike <spike66 at att.net>:
>> ...On Behalf Of Lee Corbin
>> ...
>> More power! More power to the government so that it can fix everything!
>> And why not? They already have everyone hoodwinked to the
>> point of believing that government is the only solution... Lee
> Lee before we elected the current tragedy I asked people what they thought
> government could do for them in their wildest dreams, the very best case.
> What would actually change?  Sure there were clearly deluded whackmeisters:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

Excessively hopeful perhaps, but not completely irrational. If
government action can make people poorer then different government
action, whether that means increasing taxes and services or decreasing
them, should be able to have the opposite effect, no?

> But I am talking only about sane people for the moment.  If we elected the
> most perfect, honest, intelligent government imaginable, what could it do?
> Could it govern away all our problems?  Would it magically find a huge pot
> of money no one ever discovered before, and use it to fill our gas tanks and
> pay our mortgages?  Imagine tens of thousands of clones of yourself, holding
> every political office, so the government will do whatever you think is
> right.  What could a *perfect* government do for everyone?  Would there
> still be winners and losers?

Of course there would still be winners and losers. Lucifer was an
almost perfect being ruled perfectly by a perfect being, but still he
was dissatisfied. And good for him!

Stathis Papaioannou

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