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Question: What Limits a Gov’t that Tries to Create Its Own Reality?

2012/07/16

Eric Dondero provokes the question.

Steven Givler has thoughts and sobering observations.

[Here is our proposed answer. – Ed]

“By what do we mean the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the Revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The Revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington. The records of thirteen legislatures, the pamphleteers, newspapers in all the colonies, ought to be consulted during that period to ascertain the steps by which the public opinion was enlightened and informed concerning the authority of Parliament over the colonies.” – John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, August 24, 1815

These are no days for Condition White, my friends.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/07/16 13:46

    Eric should know the answer…Only someone’s imagination.

  2. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2012/07/17 10:31

    What Limits a Gov’t that Tries to Create Its Own Reality?

    A sentient electorate.

  3. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2012/07/17 17:22

    James: From Wikipedia “Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive, or be conscious, or to have subjective experiences. Eighteenth century philosophers used the concept to distinguish the ability to think (“reason”) from the ability to feel (“sentience”). In modern western philosophy, sentience is the ability to have sensations or experiences (described by some thinkers as “qualia”). For Eastern philosophy, sentience is a metaphysical quality of all things that requires respect and care. The concept is central to the philosophy of animal rights, because sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer, which entails certain rights. In science fiction, non-human characters described as “sentient” typically have similar abilities, qualities and rights as human beings.

    Plainly I subscribe to the 18th century definition.

    • 2012/07/18 00:28

      The problem isn’t feeling or believing, because they are sentient beings that believe something and perceive some things as well. They are just wrong, some probably ignorant, others possibly stupid. Some would think there is wisdom in the masses. I don’t. The public is pretty fucking stupid at times. Remember November of 2008?

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