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Comment: Re:Make-work Project? (Score 1) 211

by iserlohn (#47515839) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

It's what they have always done. The candidates you get to chose however are all from the same party, or officially blessed.

Haven't you heard of all that stuff going on in Hong Kong, how Beijing previously promised direct elections for the Chief Exec via Universal Sufferage in 2017, and just recently then they announced that all candidates have to be vetted by the 1200-person "Election Committee" stacked with pro-Beijing representatives? That caused ~500k people to take the streets and protest in Hong Kong.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by iserlohn (#47478563) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Actually, your point was addressed multiple times. A barebones government would be more influenced by vested interests, not less.

We don't need big government nor small government. We need smart government and we need to put in the right regulations to ensure that power is distributed and kept in check for the common good.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by iserlohn (#47470713) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Um, that's why we have the rule of law to protect fundamental rights and a democratic process to ensure accountability.

There's several reasons why we have elections in our representative democracy. To elect a dictator is not one of them. The problem is that this system has been thoroughly polarised and distorted due to the amount of money that has been thrown at this process.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by iserlohn (#47467943) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

No, (democratic) government requires constant upkeep and attention by its citizen in order to work properly. That's the idea that libertarians like you don't (and actively try not to) understand, and hence undermine.

You're so focused on promoting your own little ideology, that you forget about the big agenda. People like you is what caused the whole federal government to shut down and nearly ruined the global financial system.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 2) 533

by iserlohn (#47467863) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

You just described why the existing system of lobbying (and corporate influence) is bad. The government should be a "referee" on the other powerful interests, with power that is derived from the "people".

The best way to do this is to limit the amount of money that individuals and corporations can use to influence the result of elections.

A corporate free-for-all will not lead to a better society. We had that back in the Victorian era and it sucked.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by iserlohn (#47467543) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Just because you don't agree with everything the system represents, doesn't mean that the system is broken beyond repair.

I mean, you probably disagree with your mom on many things as well. The fact is that in life, you don't always get your way. You need to live and get along with other people.

Libertarians pretend that everybody can live inside their own little bubble (they can't, society as we know it breaks down, and actors will come in an fill the power vacuum).

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 2) 533

by iserlohn (#47467121) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

So being in a facist (or libertarian) oligarchy with no accountability is better than being in a social democracy with many services provided by a government which is accountable?

Regulations are there for a purpose - for example, the FDA was created to save lives. Over regulation is stifling and encourages rent-seeking behavior, but under-regulation cause us to revert back to the previous, non-desirable state. So we need to find a balance.

As you said, the current system is breaking down, but not because of the system itself. It's because it hasn't been maintained. As citizens we should be more involved in ensuring that the system is kept in check, and that powerful interests, both private and public, is kept in the balance.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 2) 533

by iserlohn (#47466127) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

There will always be people in power. That's why good government attempts to balance this power so that the result is beneficial to society as a whole.

Power concentrated in the hands of organisations such as multi-national corporations (or even less omniscient entities such as car dealership networks) is no better than being in the hands of an autocratic and abusive regime.

For us in the developed world, at least we have some sort of say over policies implemented by a government which is in theory accountable to the people. Why not improve this system so that is is *more* accountable? Rather than advocating for it's dissolution and letting someone (e.g. private actors, which will always be less accountable) fill in the power vacuum?

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 3, Insightful) 533

by iserlohn (#47465347) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Pretty much the most insightful post on this topic as of yet.

Objectivitism (i.e. Aynd Rand) is basically a pipe dream similar to Communism. Human nature dictates that those with power will always try to exploit the weak. The basic tenants of good government is to balance this equation in favor of the common good.

I owe the public nothing. -- J.P. Morgan

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