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    In the West we have discovered that power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    To solve this problem of power we invented liberal democracy.

    And the raison d'être of liberal democracy is the limitation of power.

    So we limit the power of our Prime Minister by not even mentioning them in the Constitution, by never letting them become Head of State and never letting them become Commander-in-Chief.

    On the other hand our neighbour makes their political leader their Head of State and Commander-in-Chief.

    And we limit the power of Parliament by having two different Parties, with different histories and values, compete for our votes.

    Whereas our neighbour has two Parties of Business alternating in power. And the whole purpose of business is to maximise profits and so maximise power.

    And we limit the power of the unelected Judiciary by not allowing them to adjudicate on Rights. We leave that to the democratically elected Parliament.

    But our neighbour gives their unelected Judiciary the power to adjudicate on Rights.

    We limit the power of the individual by limiting their ownership of guns.

    While our neighbour is armed to the teeth against each other.

    We have never had a violent Revolution or a violent Civil War. While our neighbour celebrates both. And exports both to peasant and tribal countries.

    Our neighbour seeks to maximise power while we seek to limit power.

    And tragically our neighbour not only wants to maximise power, they want to be loved as well.

    Of course maximising power is natural and intuitive, while limiting power is counter-intuitive.

    And maximising power is natural for those who believe in an all powerful God.

    While limiting power is the only moral choice for the sons and daughters of the Enlightenment.
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    Limits, limits, limits. Seems everyone reaches their limits when they come out of the womb in Australia. Best not to have any ambition whatsoever. You've already reached your limits by the time the doctor slaps your ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oom View Post
    Seems everyone reaches their limits when they come out of the womb in Australia.
    According to Victor, everybody in the outbacks shits out gold nuggets. They're the only nation to have managed such a feat. Why Australia? Somehow getting handjobs from specially trained koala bears has that effect on people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    According to Victor, everybody in the outbacks shits out gold nuggets. They're the only nation to have managed such a feat. Why Australia? Somehow getting handjobs from specially trained koala bears has that effect on people.
    Or maybe that ozone hole they got down there gives you more than just skin cancer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Or maybe that ozone hole they got down there gives you more than just skin cancer.
    Sunlight good for brain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Sunlight good for brain!
    You think?

    It's kind of funny, because if Victor knew anything about American politics he'd know that there are over 100 political parties (and at least 50 different ones have elected officials every year), zero effective whips, and that every single little thing that tries to pass through congress has to tip-toe over a thousand fail-deadlies to pass.

    There's a reason Americans tend to be shocked at the speed at which parliamentary governments move.
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    It's funny, you know, how Victor is always telling us what horrible people we are, and yet keeps telling us how he's the only one who will ever love us.

    Isn't this the profile for emotional abuse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    It's funny, you know, how Victor is always telling us what horrible people we are, and yet keeps telling us how he's the only one who will ever love us.

    Isn't this the profile for emotional abuse?
    Psychological molestation would be the more proper term here.

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    Australia you are a beacon for the world. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    According to Victor, everybody in the outbacks shits out gold nuggets. They're the only nation to have managed such a feat. Why Australia? Somehow getting handjobs from specially trained koala bears has that effect on people.
    Wasn't Australia originally a penal colony?

    Enlightening!

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