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    Panurge, Dumbo, native

    I believe history shows, as Pope said, more examples of the fidelity of dogs than friends. Humanity is crooked timber, etc.

    No, the greatest monsters have always thought they were saving the world. From Hitler to Pol Pot, they thought they were righteous and glorious and doing a great good for all by getting chest deep in corpses and tears. We like to tell ourselves stories about "mad" dictators, but insane ones don't last.

    Humans are imperfect at their best, and original sin is a bugger. I think that's true of the religious zealot as well as the political one, and that's why any leader not filled with humility is both a) not worth leading, b) not a good leader.

    I am, however, socialist, if not Marxist exactly. ("Marxisant" is the fancy word.) I believe capitalism, by its nature, encourages immoral behavior, and thus, if we are forced to live in it, we must do so with the full, explicit knowledge that it is pouring gasoline on our natural demons and rewarding every dirty trick. I can't dismiss large solutions or small ones, because sometimes big ones work, and sometimes they're the only ones that work. Concentrations of power are another matter.

    Consider public schools: local property tax funding means that the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, and the poor have an incentive to "lure" industry by offering tax holidays. A federally shared pot is the only way to avoid that problem, and yet there should be some method of allowing individual character. What would be horrible is a single Commissioner with a Plan in charge. We don't need power sitting in few hands, unless we want monsters or systems jerked from pillar to post so often that they're rags. So, a bunch of satraps with checks and balances and audits? Inefficient? You bet!

    I believe in assuming the worse and asking questions. Oh, and I'm a . . . September 1993 conservative.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 06:41:57 AM PDT

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