User Tag List

First 162425262728 Last

Results 251 to 260 of 321

  1. #251
    Yeah, I can fly. Aleksei's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    MBTI
    ENTJ
    Enneagram
    7w6 sx/sp
    Socionics
    ILE Ti
    Posts
    3,644

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Annwn View Post
    What is the guarantee that the monarchy has superior people ruling?
    None, but they would have the most incentive to promote societal well-being and economic development, as the country is their capital. Unlike civil servants (essentially salaried managers), their net worth is dependent on tax revenue, which is itself dependent on GDP and (most importantly) on the affluence of the middle class, as the capacity of the bureaucratic apparatus to tax the wealthy is limited.

    Would you support re-instituting political power to the royal family in Britain? They are genetically representative of a past successful monarchy.
    In Britain I'd support restoration of power (which is currently held by the German House of Saxo-Coburg-Gotha) to the Jacobites. In the US (which doesn't have a monarchy properly speaking) a monarchy would probably arise from the present political/financial elite. I would support no one presently in politics for the post, except the Paul family (which would be most likely -- support for aristocratic rule is surprisingly enough most common among Hoppean libertarians within the Mises institute, and Rand Paul could perhaps ride the coattails of a Tea Party movement that gained momentum to the presidency), and perhaps the Forbes family. Among business elites I'd support a Buffet monarchy.

    In Puerto Rico (my own homeland), the best candidates for an emerging royal family are actually my own. I'm related to the first elected governor of Puerto Rico, and directly descended from the founders of Popular, Inc., the biggest financial conglomerate in the Caribbean.
    Last edited by Aleksei; 11-16-2010 at 08:14 AM.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    Teacher (Idyllic), ESE-IEI (Si-ESFj), SLue|I|, Sanguine-Melancholy
    Sage, True Neutral (Chaotic Good), Type III Anti-Hero
    Inventive > Artistic > Leisurely > Dramatic
    7w6 > 4w3 > 9w8, weakside sp/so

    Dark Worker (Sacrificing)
    Freewheeling Designer

    Hayekian Asshole


  2. #252
    Order Now! pure_mercury's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    MBTI
    ESFJ
    Posts
    6,946

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Bush went to Harvard and Yale, but it doesn't exactly mean academics had a seat at the table in his administration.
    Uhhhh. . . really? http://www.frumforum.com/why-the-gop...academic-elite

    "Even the Bush administration, which critics tried to portray as anti-academic, benefited enormously from the Ivy League. George W. Bush went to Yale (as did his father) and went on to do an MBA at Harvard – albeit with moderate grades. Donald Rumsfeld went to Princeton. Paul Wolfowitz was at Cornell – though a Democrat at the time. Treasury secretary Hank Paulson started out at Dartmouth, before doing his MBA at Harvard. Chairman in President Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board – and National Security Advisor in the administration of George H.W. Bush – Brent Scowcroft, did his PhD at Columbia. Condoleezza Rice had been a Provost at Stanford, 'the Ivy of the West.' Robert Gates, who Obama has retained, went to the College of William and Mary, one of 'the Public Ivies.' And David Frum, went to Yale before he got his J.D. at Harvard."

    I know what you meant, though: "LIBERAL academics didn't exactly have a seat at the table."


    A politician with an elite education doesn't mean anything. But when Obama reversed the Bush-era stem cell policy, that was a pro-science pro-academia move.
    Wrong move in the federal funding.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

  3. #253
    Glowy Goopy Goodness The_Liquid_Laser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    MBTI
    ENTP
    Posts
    3,377

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does politics.

    And since you're a libertarian, that doesn't do much to reign in the most powerful interests of them all.
    How about dividing up the power and giving it to the average joe instead of just giving it to academia?
    My wife and I made a game to teach kids about nutrition. Please try our game and vote for us to win. (Voting period: July 14 - August 14)
    http://www.revoltingvegetables.com

  4. #254
    Oberon
    Guest

    Default

    aj is suffering from the same kind of cognitive dissonance that the feminists have... just like women's achievement doesn't count for feminists unless it's the achievement of liberal women, academic influence in government doesn't count unless it's leftist academic influence.

  5. #255
    Tempbanned
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Enneagram
    8w9
    Posts
    14,031

    Default

    Oberon and Pure M, are they still clinging to that 1984 raft of theirs?

  6. #256
    Oberon
    Guest

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Oberon and Pure M, are they still clinging to that 1984 raft of theirs?
    I'm not certain what you mean there.

  7. #257
    Tempbanned
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Enneagram
    8w9
    Posts
    14,031

    Default

    What I mean is, are your (our) opponents in this thread still dreaming, and wringing their hands for a world in which many decisions are taken out of the public's hands because a despotic leader, or intelligentsia have realized that they know what is better for the public than the public themselves.

  8. #258
    Oberon
    Guest

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    What I mean is, are your (our) opponents in this thread still dreaming, and wringing their hands for a world in which many decisions are taken out of the public's hands because a despotic leader, or intelligentsia have realized that they know what is better for the public than the public themselves.
    The urge to consolidate power in the hands of an enlightened monarch is as old as Plato, and I doubt it will ever go away. We're wired to look for a reassuring leader, the more so in uncertain times.

    So, yeah.

  9. #259
    Yeah, I can fly. Aleksei's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    MBTI
    ENTJ
    Enneagram
    7w6 sx/sp
    Socionics
    ILE Ti
    Posts
    3,644

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    The urge to consolidate power in the hands of an enlightened monarch is as old as Plato, and I doubt it will ever go away. We're wired to look for a reassuring leader, the more so in uncertain times.
    For good reason.

    Though I'd feel more reassured if said reassuring leader was myself.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    Teacher (Idyllic), ESE-IEI (Si-ESFj), SLue|I|, Sanguine-Melancholy
    Sage, True Neutral (Chaotic Good), Type III Anti-Hero
    Inventive > Artistic > Leisurely > Dramatic
    7w6 > 4w3 > 9w8, weakside sp/so

    Dark Worker (Sacrificing)
    Freewheeling Designer

    Hayekian Asshole


  10. #260
    Yeah, I can fly. Aleksei's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    MBTI
    ENTJ
    Enneagram
    7w6 sx/sp
    Socionics
    ILE Ti
    Posts
    3,644

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    The urge to consolidate power in the hands of an enlightened monarch is as old as Plato, and I doubt it will ever go away. We're wired to look for a reassuring leader, the more so in uncertain times.
    For good reason.

    Though I'd feel more reassured if said reassuring leader was myself.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    Teacher (Idyllic), ESE-IEI (Si-ESFj), SLue|I|, Sanguine-Melancholy
    Sage, True Neutral (Chaotic Good), Type III Anti-Hero
    Inventive > Artistic > Leisurely > Dramatic
    7w6 > 4w3 > 9w8, weakside sp/so

    Dark Worker (Sacrificing)
    Freewheeling Designer

    Hayekian Asshole


Similar Threads

  1. Are you a democrat or republican?
    By highlander in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 57
    Last Post: 08-11-2017, 02:13 PM
  2. Key difference between Democrats and Republicans?
    By SearchingforPeace in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-09-2016, 11:53 AM
  3. How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans
    By DiscoBiscuit in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 04-12-2012, 12:28 PM
  4. Replies: 38
    Last Post: 06-15-2011, 10:24 PM
  5. Old whitey owns young negro
    By Fecal McAngry in forum The Bonfire
    Replies: 71
    Last Post: 02-21-2010, 12:37 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO