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Tuesday September 17th 2019Tim Candler9

 

     It's not complicated. The reason to have rules is because without rules complex society from commerce to civil cannot function. By complex a person has to start thinking in terms of cooperation between people who don't even begin to know each other. Round here where I live there are people who have lived and worked with each other all their lives, we're talking in the region of 70 years, and some of them stopped speaking to each other 40 years ago, a disagreement about two inches on fence line or something. It's enforceable rules that govern acceptable behavior between people who don't know each other. And rules are quite pointless unless there are enforcement procedures that include a fair analysis of the rule, why it was broken, how it was broken, and an understanding of a reasonable punishment for breaking this or that rule. The punishment part of enforcing rules has to do with the reassurance that if you or I as a person breaks a rule there will be a high possibility that adverse personal consequences will follow. The idea that without them we'd do just fine is a dream for the basically stupid. Impeachment is the high flown and very important sort of name for what happens when a politically powerful person breaks rules. It comes from the word impede, fetter, basically control the baser, more short sighted, self centered instincts of the species. No accident The Royal Standard for English Monarchs has a Unicorn, a mythical magical creature of unbounded opportunities that's in chains. 

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    And once you stop even trying to hold politically powerful people to account for any kind of rule they might have broken, what you get is a powerful class of people who no longer feel bound by or even obliged to follow rules that maintain cohesion in complex relatively free and relatively thriving society, and this results in a developing chasm between the populace and those who rule us. This chasm has to be managed with new rules, and the only real way for the powerful to manage this developing chasm is through various, well established tactics that permit tyranny, gulags, show trials, monopoly, the list is long. It might well be that Liberal Democracy is in its death spiral, but there's no honor in going down without a fight that'll leave a narrative of hope for those who come after. Then when you hear of an opposition party reluctant to embark upon the arduous business of holding something like a President, or a Supreme Court Justice accountable because it might be personally politically disadvantageous and divisive to the nation and no guarantee of guilty verdict, we snowflakes really have to start thinking it terms of The Battle of Maldon. Better to go down like a hero, have our leader's noble, and very militaristic, statue on the Maldon Sands 1000 years from now than be remembered as Godric son of Odda who to his eternal shame chose to run away, on a horse.

 

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