Wednesday, June 1, 2016

And Idea Whose Time Has Come And Gone, For Now, At Least

“When a city has grown so overlarge and crowded that it is in immediate danger of collapse . . . when food and clean water flow into the city at a rate just sufficient to feed every mouth, and every hand must work constantly to keep it that way . . . when all transportation is involved in moving vital supplies, and none is left over to move people out of the city should the need arise . . . then it is that Crazy Eddie leads the movers of garbage out on strike for better working conditions.” — pg. 226, Chap. 24, The Mote in God’s Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Matt Bailey puts it specifically, Niven and Pournelle put it generally, but the message is the same. There are a lot of good ideas out there, but they're not good at all times and all places. In fact, sometimes, if implemented, they're bad ideas.

Here's an idea. A country should have democratic elections, and all political parties should be allowed to participate. A good idea? In the US in 2016? Sure. In. say, Denmark in 2010? No problem. Even maybe in Japan in 1997? Sounds good! In 1978 in Zimbabwe? Not so much. 

But Jimmy Carter thought so. He insisted that Mugabe's communist party be included in the election. So, reacting to American pressure, they had another election, Mugabe was elected, and the country has been a miserable hell-hole ever since. Google Jimmy Carter, Mugabe, and learn all about it.

By the same principle, this is not the time to elect a doctrinaire Libertarian to the Presidency. As Matt says, we're past the point where libertarian reforms would have worked. At this point, they can only make things worse. It's Trump time, folks. So, unless you want the country to fall apart, any other vote would be idiotic.

But if you're so committed to the idea of voting for a libertarian that you feel you just have to. Ponder this, and look at the link:

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Quibcag: What with all the talk of vaccines and tourniquets, I picked Rika Shiguma as the illustration. Actually, she's not a doctor, but she sure looks like one in her cute little lab coat.


1 comment:

  1. The LP has become a bad parody of itself. The bizarro dress - there was a comic con at the same time but no, these were really LP delegates, and someone running for chairman took off his clothes down to a jockstrap or something for 2 minutes (all covered or uncovered? dutifully by C-SPAN).

    Johnson is the "electable" spoiler.

    There was a book about what happens when liberty is given to those unready for it. "Lord of the Flies".

    Reading the ordinary correspondence before 1900 shows what they considered 8th grade is post-graduate by today's standards. And all practically memorized the bible and were churchgoers as adults. Such will tend to be free by nature.

    Libertarians and Atheists tend to see sexual liberation as more important than anything else. Libertarians often don't care about guns, community, and tradition and think their fantasy works (some classified as "non-fiction") will just make everything work because people will just somehow suddenly realize they're right. Atheists more often go socialist wanting to run every aspect of everyone's life except for sex - to the point of forcing things like gay wedding cakes.

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