Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]
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On Wednesday 31 May 2006 13:39, Paul Johnson <email@example.com> was
heard to say:
> > I see this claim constantly. You know what, it is completely
> > without merit. If the same thing had happened to "elect" Gore or
> > Kerry, you would likely be praising the system tfor having
> > "worked."
> No, I would still be criticizing it as broken, as I did in '96 when
> Clinton won a minority re-election. Nor am I a Democrat.
That may be one of the worst aspects of having a large,
interventionist government: People get to claim that the only reason
someone would object is because they're not the ones presently in
power. I, too, object to election by minority, and it has nothing to
do with which face of the Party of State Power is showing at the
To object to that power being wielded _at_all_ is completely outside
of their ability to comprehend. Exactly like someone who has lived
under "universal government healthcare" all their lives being unable
to comprehend how someone would object to having health care paid for
Even in the so-called "land of the free", the vast majority of people
cannot grasp that roads used to be private.
What I find astounding is that these attitudes come from people on
this list, a list specifically created for and concerning a system
utilized productively by millions of people on a completely voluntary
basis. I doubt anyone here is happy to pay $95 to Microsoft for
software they do not want on their commodity hardware, just because
it comes pre-installed. These same people derisively call it
a "Microsoft Tax", and then turn around and say other taxes are just
fine and it's silly to object, just because these are levied
by "governments" rather than "corporations".
BTW, thanks to the Debian developers for all your hard work, libsound
is working in Unstable again. On to the next bug!
September 11th, 2001
The proudest day for gun control and central
planning advocates in American history
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