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Old Jul 30th 2011, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: Collapse, by Jared Diamond

Originally Posted by Tom Palven View Post
We are brainwashed by well-meaning teachers in government schools to believe that we couldn't exist without layers of bureaucrats and politicians arranged in a pyramidal hierarchy with a Decider-In-Chief at the the top to bully and/or protect us, just as we are brainwashed in Sunday school or in Temple to believe that we can't exist in in a happy, rational, and ethical state without a strong belief in an Almighty God at the top of a pyramid of deacons, priests, archbishops, and so on.
You might be overlooking the fact that a majority of any citizenry are followers who require structure and direction to function in a productive manner. Which system short of utopia works best is always the issue generating discussion and controversy.

I have to fall back on Winston Churchill's quote:

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."
~H.L. Mencken~
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