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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Intelligent Tyranny

A large portion of humanity lives in utter terror of what other people might do. In their frantic search for protection, they form governments, whose predictable violence is somehow better than random violence.
I will never understand why guaranteed theft by taxation is more palatable than unlikely theft by crime, but I was outvoted on this issue long before I was born.

Since there is so much demand for oppression, I don't see it going out of style any time soon. If tyranny must exist, it could at least be intelligent. Here are several modest proposals:

1. Make illiteracy illegal. Anyone who cannot read on a high school level by age 18 will be flogged once a month. Illiteracy is highly correlated with poverty, crime, and other social ills.

2. Make math proficiency mandatory. Anyone who cannot do high school math by age 18 will be flogged once a month. Math ignorance is highly correlated with poverty, crime, and other social ills.

3. All unemployed able-bodied adults are to be flogged once a month.

4. All able-bodied adults will be assigned to spend 1 year in a foreign country.

5. Whichever side loses a law suit will be required to pay all the legal costs or be flogged.

6.  Make voting mandatory. Violators will be flogged.

7. Corrupt or incompetent politicians, judges, bureaucrats, police, etc are to be hanged.

8. Fathers of bastard children are to be flogged.

9. Make knowledge of basic civics and economics mandatory, Violators are to be flogged. 

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