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  •  maybe a trite point, but isn't it commonly (1+ / 0-)
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    held that all governments are unsubstantiated?

    That is, all governments come to be by fiat, by acts of conquest or appropriation?

    First we had clans & tribes, with clashes that produced warlords, then we had kings, then we had parliaments - in no case was the fictional "consent of the governed" ever got, or a moral logic of rule ever established.

    To say a government is "legitimate" means only that it is legal - & since governments make the law, all governments are legitimate, even "tyrannies"  & dictatorships - even the Nazis.  

    What we have today is simply what anarchy turns into, if you let it go long enough.

    (the most important feature of the 2cnd amendment, to me, is that it might allow a liberal to defend his people from the death squads, if they finally come around)

    "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

    by greenotron on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:36:22 PM PST

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