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Subject: When the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit
Zhang Fei    10/23/2008 10:18:20 AM
(Quote) The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a "warm body" democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction.... [O]nce a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader — the barbarians enter Rome. (Unquote)
 
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FJV       10/23/2008 1:48:55 PM
Now let's not unfaily tarnish the "plebs".
 
Most people I know that are heavily into wealth distrubution are educated higher than average. Some even like to call themselves intellectuals.
 
 


 
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DarthAmerica       10/23/2008 1:55:17 PM

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The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a "warm body" democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction.... [O]nce a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader ? the barbarians enter Rome.
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Wow, implying that people who vote democrat are parasites and barbarians. Nice. Who ever wrote that must have won 1st place at the bad timing awards! Not that I completely disagree with it either as I've noted previously. It's just that this is not what you want floating around the media when you are down in the polls and your opponent appeals to the "warm body".
 
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FJV       10/23/2008 2:02:40 PM
Isn't all this weirdness just an example of what they call "the paranoid style" in American politics that from time to time seems to grab a hold of one of the US political parties?
 
1st I get to argue for 8 years that George Bush against all kinds of wierd accusations, then I get to see all this weird stuff about Obama, who is just another politician, a rather bland on if you ask me.
 
 

 
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