1997-05-21 - Re: Wine Politics Again!

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From: Bill Stewart <stewarts@ix.netcom.com>
To: Kent Crispin <kent@songbird.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-05-21 08:19:36 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 16:19:36 +0800

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From: Bill Stewart <stewarts@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 16:19:36 +0800
To: Kent Crispin <kent@songbird.com>
Subject: Re: Wine Politics Again!
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At 11:13 PM 5/20/97 -0700, Kent Crispin wrote:
>On Tue, May 20, 1997 at 04:23:10PM +0000, Attila T. Hun wrote:
	[rant deleted - bill]
>Speaking of power corrupting, notice how the power to speak 
>anonymously has destroyed this poor souls brain.

Attila's not anonymous - he's a regular poster, and has been
for long enough to build up some reputation around his penname.

> "Power corrupts..." isn't a property of governments, 
> it is a property of individual human beings.

Mostly.  But you're presumably advocating government by humans.
And while government is an abstraction of the activities of a 
lot of individual humans, governments do tend to accumulate
and abuse power, and tend to reach a point where they're more
interested in maintaining and increasing that power than in
any legitimate activities like protecting life, liberty, and property.
Consider the drug war, the military-industrial complex,
the fraction of your income that's paying for government,
and compare that with 200 years ago...

Also power _attracts_ the corrupt, and the corruptible.
As Henry the K said, it's the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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