[EM] language/framing quibble
fredgohlke at verizon.net
Mon Jan 26 06:08:20 PST 2009
Good Morning, Juho
Let me start by apologizing for my tardy response. Although it was not
the only cause, there was an extenuating circumstance: We were invaded
... by our offspring. My wife and I celebrated our 57th wedding
anniversary and, for some reason, our family thought that worthy of
note. To tell you the truth, after thinking about my life with my wife,
I agreed with them. I am uncommonly fortunate.
re: "On the other hand a representational democracy needs some
structure to handle different political opinions, ..."
Does reason not provide a better structure than bias?
re: "... and having parties is not a bad approach for taking care
of this need."
I disagree. It is a terrible, self-defeating approach.
Many humans lament the depredation of war; particularly those subject to
its ravages. Why, then, is the best political system we can devise one
based on confrontation? Can we not see that confrontational methods
must lead to confrontational results? Do we lack the wisdom and
judgment to seek a method informed by our reason rather than our passion?
Most people think parties are necessary so you are among the majority.
You may take comfort from that, but it gives me none. I look at the
evolution, just during my lifetime, of gigantic entities that dominate
our existence and devastate our planet; I look at one nation invading
another; I look at monstrous greed thriving on deceit and obfuscation,
and I think, "Oh, Oh! There must be a better way. We've got to do
better than this."
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