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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 17th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: ummm no
I think it depends on what you consider a government. Barter has existed since before modern government, certainly, but that doesn't mean that it was a good system before there was effective governance.

Barter systems have existed for a long time, true... but they have always relied on knowledge that, if the other person cheats you, you have some means of redress. Without a trusted intermediary, this means of redress is violence by you on the person who you believe cheated you, which doesn't make for a very good barter system.

Effective barter, or effective commerce of any kind, requires somebody who has the authority to ensure that people don't cheat each other, and punish strongly enough those who do cheat each other. Otherwise, assault, murder, and war become part of that commerce. Hence, government being involved in the economy.


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