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Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 4:09pmSanction this postReply
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That should read, "We outnumber you we could beat you up and kill you. . . " I messed up that first "you" when cutting and pasting, and I don't think I can edit it back in.

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Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 7:41pmSanction this postReply
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"Democracy is the monkeys running the zoo from inside their cages."
- H.L. Mencken

Ain't it the truth?  ;-)


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Friday, August 5, 2005 - 4:46amSanction this postReply
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My favorite is:
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
Benjamin Franklin


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Friday, August 5, 2005 - 7:57amSanction this postReply
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Hmmm. There is one thing you have to know about Smith, he's crazy. I read his book 'Pallas'; first of all, he has a twisted view of rights and government, and second, the book sucked. Every fault thats wrong with his interperation of libertarianism in his story, he has some deus ex machnia to cover it up.

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Friday, August 5, 2005 - 9:15amSanction this postReply
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Crazy? Now, I don't agree with every single word Smith writes, as is to be expected with a prolific, opinionated writer. But crazy? At times he's seemed like a fresh breath of sanity in a world suffocated by loons.

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Saturday, August 6, 2005 - 8:44amSanction this postReply
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I enjoyed Smith's The Probability Broach.

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Saturday, August 6, 2005 - 12:11pmSanction this postReply
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But this is not democracy by the very root of itself. The democracy is first and all a voting process. So, the wolve and the sheep would vote on a topic, but it doesn't say that the wolves may eat the sheep. It just gives the oppinion that  92% of the population think they should eat the sheep, while 8% think they should eat grass or at least, not the sheep. However, the sheep will put in a vote on "who wants to eat meat but not the sheep, if the sheep shows an alternative!", suddenly we have 100% and the job goes on, that's consense politics.
If now, they had eaten the sheep, it would have been democratur rather than democracy, because the latter does not include the execution of a poll, but only legitimates the polling.

If a democratic council votes with 60:40 voices that it is ok to genetically alter your genes, this doesn't force the 40 % to alter their genes. This is democracy as I understand it, because it is only the method to finding a decision, it doesn't enforce the decision.


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Sunday, August 7, 2005 - 12:04amSanction this postReply
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Democracy, tied with the state, is tyranny. This is why the Founding Fathers did everything they could to limit the powers of democracy.

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Sunday, August 7, 2005 - 12:07amSanction this postReply
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Bob Palin: "I enjoyed Smith's The Probability Broach."

It's a wonderful, unique book. Few libertarian works come close in enthusiastically and optimistically painting a picture of a free society.

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