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Politics

Written by Leon Felkins, 8 Jan 1996

Revised 17 November 2014

Hard at Work!Note: this section is under constant revision!

"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time." - H L Mencken

What I would like to say about politics does not fit the mold of common discourse and most political essays. Frankly, I have a rather negative and skeptical view of the concept that a group of people somehow has the knowledge to know what is best and the right to impose their will on the rest of the population. In fact, I think it is mankind's greatest folly to think that we can pick out a group of people from the population at large -- known to be selfish, brutish and not necessarily very honest -- and to believe that these selected individuals will some how rise above the level from which they came, and to believe in these selected individuals so strongly that we will even give them guns and a monopoly over force!

What I have to say here is of a basic nature about politics and governing, with little promotion of any particular political view. While what I say here comes from my on experience and reflection, most of it is consistent with the Theory of Public Choice, a respected discipline offered at several universities. Further, I have been told that my views tend to be somewhat libertarian with a tinge of conservatism. That comes with age, it is said. :-)

In any case, here is some stuff of my own and a few links to other sources that I have compiled so far -- which is rather sparse. Good, general, rational views on politics and governing are actually hard to find. When I find something good, I will add it. Suggestions are welcome.


Notes:

1. ".. early rational choice findings about the logic of majority rule have prompted new types of reflection on the normative foundations of democracy. If apparent majorities are often chimerical, if minorities can manipulate democratic decision rules to generate the results they desire, and if there is no way to amalgamate individual desires into a 'general will,' as Rousseau had claimed in The Social Contract, then the nature and desirability of democracy require reevaluation."
Donald P. Green and Ian Shapiro, Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory, Yale University Press, 1994.


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