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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Power and Equality Cannot Coexist

This is the main problem of all political systems. If you believe in government, you believe that some people can rightly have power over others. However, to believe that, you have to believe that the people in government are better than the rest.

So either:

1) everyone is equal, in which case no one can rightly have power over another

or

2) some people are better and can have power over others

Power and equality cannot coexist.

Various ideas have been thought up to solve this problem like the divine right of kings and the social contract, but really government and authority are just a game most people agree to play. Bottom line, if you believe in government, you must believe that some people are better than others.


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