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Re: Perì KunismoûPhálerás te~ On Cynicism and Phalera

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 2, 2001, 17:46
Thomas Wier wrote:
[snip interesting stuff on Phaleran philosophies]
>(Need it be said that I don't personally endorse any of the beliefs >of this society?)
Hm, I wonder how common this is - thinking up philpsophical and ethical systems that one doesn't agree with for one's concultures. I know I do it. Just to take an example, in Tairezazh official thinking it's a dogm that a soldier isn't responsible for his actions when acting under orders. If an officier ordered his troops to open fire on friendly civilians, the troopers 'd be expected to obey, and they wouldn't risk punishment if they did (if they failed to obey given orders, that's quite another matter...). The officier would probably be done away with - Tairezazh law doesn't recognize capital punishment, but there's nice little loosely formulated paragraph allowin military commanders to use "any means deemed necessary" against "individuals who threaten national security". If this seems to give alot of power to top-ranking commanders, it does, but the promotion system practically guaranties that these are supporters of the status quo (which's a kind of representative democracy with a militaristic twist). Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at