Sunday, September 19, 2010

Crooks or Cranks?

Here's a philosophical question for you with real world implications.

Given a choice between ONLY one of the following two options, which would you choose?

  • Governed by criminals
  • Governed by lunatics
 Speaking for myself, I'd choose the criminal element: they are at least predictable and on many occasions, their ruthless self-interest will align with mine.

If, on the other hand, you'd prefer to be governed by lunatics...well, you had your chance this weekend to show your support for the local members of the Flat Earth Society.

 The choice is yours.

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Flee said...

I'm with you Dr. Ralph, give me the crooks!

The Whited Sepulchre said...

You've presented your audience with a false dichotomy. We are currently suffering from an unholy alliance of your two choices !

(I wish you could've been at the Tea Party, just so I could enjoy your reactions.)

Nick Rowe said...

I'll accept the false dichotomy for the intellectual challenge it presents, but can you please describe the nature of the lunacy and the criminality?

Are we talking Bernie Madoff criminal, Josef Stalin criminal, Kenneth Lay criminal, or Richard Nixon criminal?

Are they mad scientist lunatics, Rain Man lunatics, Mel Gibson lunatics, or Cindy Sheehan lunatics?

That may make all the difference in the world for my choice.

Dr Ralph said...

Nick -- I'd say we have a range of criminals and lunatics that crosses the entire spectrum you describe -- and in both major parties.

Sad to state for our mutual friend the WS, I'm sure if the Libertarians managed to win enough seats to become more than a novelty we'd see them claim their share of brigands and idiots as well.

Looking forward to seeing you next week!