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Jul 13, 2011
How about this: SA is very good at baiting his readers. My analysis of this strip is that it is subject to interpretation from various sides, just like a provocateur such as SA would want.
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Apr 8, 2011
Good Lord! What's the deal with the Spammers??!!
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Apr 7, 2011
WATYF-Okay, you got me. Smaller Government is not an Orwellian term. How about "Reform Government" as defined-Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
That seems about right.
As for you're implying my association of small government with anarchy, not really. You did that. If you insist on parsing out meanings, yes I may have exaggerated a little, but I also created a clear framework by which only some will be forced to follow the law and some won't. Government will only be able to wrestle you to the ground if they can spray you with pepper spray. I don't see that happening to any bankers.
Apr 7, 2011
Don't be silly; you seem to have a gift for ignoring the point of a post and going off on some imagined small inaccuracy. I was just answering yohannbiimu's assertion about Fascists having the idea for corporations. When I brought up Nazis it wasn't to "support my point". It was an aside. Try reading my post again. I never said corporations are not created by government. Of course they are. I should have pointed out that they are in fact created by States (in the U.S.) not “big government”. In G.B. where they were first developed, government was pretty “big”, but it's not a requirement. I should also have pointed out that all this talk about "laissez-faire capitalists" is silly too. Show me a capitalist who doesn't want government intervention on his behalf. Of course they don't want government over-site or health and safety regulations, but they generally love corporate law that lets them avoid personal liability and responsibility. The man who coined the phrase "laissez-faire" wasn't a capitalist, by the way, at least not according to Adam Smith's definition.

The point of the jab in the comic at "small government" proponents, was about the current trend to trot this out every time someone doesn't like some - usually reasonable - regulations that protect the general population from people too dumb (or greedy) to see the harm they are doing.
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Apr 6, 2011
As it turns out, destroying a representative democracy turns out to be pretty easy. Control information and you control people. We are social in nature and respond at times with a herd mentality. It's an evolution thing. When we fear for our lives, we run. Before a thought even enters our head, we're three steps towards the door. We have to understand the nature of the threat though or we'll simply respond with a "deer in the headlights" look that says WTF.
Change is the threat. Modernity:) We no longer need these tools that served us in the past because we can see so much further now, and we can understand so much, if we only try. We should try.
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