Thursday, June 12, 2008

Calculated Chaos

Institutional Threats to Peace and Human Survival, by Butler D. Shaffer

If we wish to understand the nature of political institutions, we must be able to observe them with minds that are willing to abandon many of their most cherished illusions. In so doing, we will discover that we have been sanctioning the greatest of irrationalities: placing our lives and well-being at the disposal of men and women with appetites for power over other people, and who amuse themselves and gratify their egos while others suffer and die. .... The political State represents nothing more than the institutionalization of unprincipled power and naked force. Though we delude ourselves with trying to measure differences between fascism and communism, democracies and dictatorships, conservatism and liberalism, moderates and extremists, authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, the fact remains that every form of government is a police-State, every political system is tyrannical.
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