Re: REALLY OT: News Flash
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On 02/25/07 17:39, Steve Lamb wrote:
> Ron Johnson wrote:
>> 95.4% of all statistics are bogus. So is this one unless you've got
>> a hard reference.
> To be fair I do not, I am referencing Richard Dawkins' citation of such
> but do not have that reference on hand (Was it in the _God Delusion_ or on his
> web site?).
>> But are there any (non-trivial) secular non-totalitarian governments?
> Is this more a case of the rampant theism more than anything else? Hard
> to say that it doesn't work when it really hasn't been tried. Besides, if I
> want to play that game I can always point out that historically most theistic
> regimes are also totalitarian including most of the modern examples. ;)
Throughout time, most governments have been absolute monarchies or
I posit that all governments have the totalitarian urge, and, if
possible, will become so.
 In the past, it was difficult for the *central* government to be
totalitarian when it took 6 weeks to sail across the ocean, march
across the continent, etc.
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