Re: virus: Democracy

Wade T. Smith (
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 21:09:41 -0400

>I think the idea of the independent individual is a relic of the

>myth that underlies the cuture [sic] the U.S. exports into the world.
But >where is the frontier?

>Reed Konsler

It is a product of 'Western' culture as well, not just a USanian
dinosaur, although its manifest destiny came about here....

The idea of the self as individual is a difficult thought _not_ to
grasp, especially having grown up in this US of A.

I can shed the imprimatur of 'uniqueness' however, very quickly, where
needs and desires are concerned, and culture is perhaps the pot in
which we enstew ourselves, although you can't too often choose the

The ideal government is a just government, whatever that means, but it
usually means the government that regards all people as equal before
it. Such a government has not happened yet. I dare say it never will,
but then the not small dream that I feel Virus represents would not
exist, so I say dare.

"Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an
established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government,
instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not."

- James Madison, "A Memorial and Remonstrance", 1785.


Wade T. Smith | "There ain't nuthin' you | shouldn't do to a god."

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