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Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

Thinking about: Politician control

Why not have H. Beam Piper’s Lone Star Planet as a political model? Governance derives only from the consent of the governed, and if the Declaration of Independence is correct that it is the right – even duty – of people to throw off bad rulers, what could be more in keeping with that than applying the theory to individual politicians who wish to govern? After all, there may be no sense in having to destroy an entire system when removing a few faulty parts can make a difference, right? You replace a fuel pump and an air filter, not an entire engine. Since the average politician wishes to employ force, if necessary, to govern, then isn’t it only reasonable that those who wish not to be governed should be entitled to that same right?

Piper supposedly drew his inspiration from H.L. Mencken who said:

“…that it shall be no longer malum in se for a citizen to pummel, cowhide, kick, gouge, cut, wound, bruise, maim, burn, club, bastinado, flay, or even lynch a [government] jobholder, and that it shall be malum prohibitum only to the extent that the punishment exceeds the jobholder’s deserts. The amount of this excess, if any, may be determined very conveniently by a petit jury, as other questions of guilt are now determined.”

Don’t want to be subject to a legal bastinadoing? Don’t be a politician.