[ExI] Political Relativism (was very informative)
bronto at pobox.com
Wed Dec 30 22:36:38 UTC 2020
On 2020-12-30 11:01, Stuart LaForge via extropy-chat wrote:
> But as Anton pointed out, it could just be that authoritarian people
> are attracted to political extremes as a route to achieving power
> over others.
Anton disclaims credit for that observation. I meant to put causality
more the other way: unchecked power relieves the ruler of the necessity
of moderation, and so enhances whatever leanings the ruler had.
Hm -- were Thailand and Turkey, during their respective military
interregna, notably more wingy than in other periods? I have the
impression that in both those places (unlike say Argentina) the military
regime described itself as a caretaker, governing until normal
government (purged of certain undesirables) could be safely restored.
But I am far from well informed.
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