Posts Tagged ‘government’

Houston cuts the wrong programs to benefit the wrong people

When I was a very young child, I really disliked the idea of democracy. You can even see what happens back then: if you get up in front of the class and offer them a choice between a more interesting semester later, and free ice cream now, ice cream wins out. There’s an additional layer […]

The creeping hand of power

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” they told me in high school, with stern expressions to let me know I had been exposed to profundity. I have a different supposition: Power is a virus. If not taken out of the hands of individuals and directed toward some abstract but realistic goal like the growth of a civilization, […]

Overly Attached Government

The internet meme “Overly Attached Girlfriend” (OAG) ridicules one of the artifacts of modern dating, which is that it creates conditions so desperate that people become obsessive. We find it easy to write them off as crazy because it is easier than noticing the whole process is crazy and that, by extension, we’re most likely […]

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