Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Voting and Democracy

Mark Brandly makes an amusing metaphor about the running of a democracy.

Suppose someone, let's say Butch Cassidy, argued that bank robbery is ethically acceptable, as long as we hold elections to determine which gang gets to rob the bank. We wouldn't accept Butch's argument, and we shouldn't accept the argument that predations by agents of the state are unobjectionable if elections are held to determine who gets to join the gang of predators.

This applies quite readily to the "writ of the people" that our current "leaders" like to throw in our faces. Just because more votes were counted for them, its ok for them to rob us blind?

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