On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:54:32 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote:
> Hi Craig Weinberg
> The difference between corporations and the govt
> is that corps have to make a profit or they fail.
> Govt never fails.
Governments fail all of the time.
The idea of American democracy was to factor that in and create a system
which is fault tolerant, highly available, and distributively redundant (to
borrow the jargon of my field).
You have to understand that corporations exist because governments do all
of the heavy lifting for them free of charge. It educates workers,
maintains law, enforces contracts, maintains roads, ports, electric grid,
Without that immense organization underwriting business, corporations are
nothing but cartels vying for absolute monopoly for various commodities.
> "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen
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> *Time:* 2012-12-18, 11:54:11
> *Subject:* Re: Re: promoting REASON
> On Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:34:14 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote:
>> Hi Craig Weinberg
>> Party politics will soon end.
>> The two parties of the future (next year if even that)
>> will be (a) those who want to cut the debt and
>> (b) those who don't.
>> That's what's happened to much of europe.
> Eh, even that will be a lie. I would assume that party politics will
> continue in a less overt way is all. Oligarchy re-branded.
> As far as the pipe dream of increasing individual liberty by reducing the
> power of government, can't you see that unconstitutional Corporate
> Feudalism will fill the vacuum before you can say Habeus Corpus? You think
> that Monsanto is going to give you a constitution?
>> [Roger Clough], [rcl...@verizon.net]
>> "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen
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>> From: Craig Weinberg
>> Receiver: everything-list
>> Time: 2012-12-17, 19:08:17
>> Subject: Re: promoting REASON
>> On Monday, December 17, 2012 5:57:40 PM UTC-5, Stephen Paul King wrote:
>> On 12/17/2012 3:05 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
>> > Now that I know that Conservatism is based on preserving the value of
>> > fear, it makes sense that the arguments tend to jump unexplainably
>> > from "hey, why is that one guy hogging all of the money?" to "The only
>> > alternative is 'everyone will die'. If we weren't afraid of dying in
>> > mass graves, what would be a more sensible way of governing a
>> > prosperous state?
>> Dear Craig,
>> At some point I hope that you will understand that I am not
>> promoting a brand of politics. I am promoting REASON, that with makes us
>> Sapient, not that which makes us D. or R. or L. or G. or whatever other
>> brand of politic one might happen to like.
>> I don't doubt that, and in theory I welcome Conservative views, except
>> that in reality I'm not able to see the reasonable part of them.
>> Preserving the value of fear. Well, umm, yes. Being able to track
>> what is truly scary (will kill you if given a chance) and being able to
>> ignore the not-so-scary (might kill you if you bother it), seems to give
>> a evolutionary advantage. Consider an evolutionary toy ecosystem. If we
>> introduce a mutation that makes all stimuli "scary" or makes stimuli
>> scary by some random amount, what happens to average survival?
>> Predictability of actions would be degraded, this implies a detrimental
>> effect on survival. How will you find food in a randomly or super scary
>> But the position the US is in now, of being the only global superpower
>> with a larger military than at least the next ten put together puts fear at
>> the bottom of the list of important considerations. We should be looking at
>> how making the US quality of life the envy of the world, not making into a
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