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

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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."
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