Comment 25782

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted June 30, 2008 at 23:28:10

Ryan, I called you a bully, and I based this on your affinity for using force rather than cooperation to achieve your stated goals. Whereas I look at force as being a tool for self defense, you see it as a means to push your individual agenda.

Whether it is in protecting buildings you do not own, or limiting individuals choice to purchase the home of their dreams, you believe government's role is to control people's lives.

You frame your love for government with the idea that democracy represents consensus across the citizenry. However, you also believe that government can be co opted by narrow business interests. If this is the case, it can also be hijacked by narrow citizen interests like yourself.

I recognize that government can be manipulated by all these groups, and that is why I believe government power should be limited to protecting basic rights. Self defense is inherently moral, whereas coercion, even if it is exercised by the majority, is immoral.

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