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Re: CHAT: Multi-Lingos

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, August 24, 2000, 2:40
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> I've always liked the benevolent dictator idea, but then you get the "who > will guard the guardians?" syndrome
Not to mention that even if you have a perfect ruler (or rather, as close to perfect as possible), there's no guarantee that their successor will be any good, and you'd be stuck with a cruel dictator. But, the biggest problem with democracy is that it tends to make government short-sighted. If a leader has to worry about being re-elected, they'll be wary of unpopular actions, no matter how necessary they may be. Of course, the opposite, an unelected leader, has the problem that there's no way to remove a bad leader, and little to restrain their actions, good or bad. Churchill was definitely right in that, I think. "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time", or something to that effect. (Does anyone know the exact quote?) -- "Their bodies did not age, but they became afeared of everything and anything. For partaking in any activity at all could threaten their precious and ageless bodies! ... Their victory over death was a hollow one." ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor