QuestionDigitalBoss: your political stance?
      – Melchior, 2009-09-12 at 15:09:00   (18 comments)

On 2009-09-12 at 15:09:08, Melchior wrote...
From lurking I think I've got a good feel for your general position on government. I've never met anyone with quite so extreme a view, and I'd like to understand what you think and why. In a post about business ethics you mentioned certain laws would prohibit doing something, and was therefore a non-issue. I can assume then that you don't want anarchy? At what level then would you desire government, and where should it's influence stop? What would they be responsible for and how would it work in practice?
On 2009-09-12 at 18:34:45, BorgClown wrote...
Yay, we had lurkers! We are a real opinion-site now! Ok, sorry, back to topic.
On 2009-09-13 at 01:24:25, DigitalBoss wrote...
My views are not extreme, they are what our founding fathers wished, planned, and set forth. As for the limits and powers of our government, you need only to look at the US Constitution. The Constitution is a limiting device, for our founding fathers knew how government tends to grow and bloat. We should have a minimalist government, one that does as little as possible. I would propose that we pass a limit of one term per Congressman, and allow them to meet for 3 months only each year, long enough to pass a minimal budget and take care of only the barest of necessities. We have had enough laws since about 1915. We don't need no more stinkin laws.
On 2009-09-13 at 09:28:20, Thelevellers wrote...
In today's world, at least from a Britiah perspective, your views are pretty extreme! But at least you have some good reasons for believing what you do, and so discussion with you isn't reduced to trying to slap you upside the head... :)
On 2009-09-13 at 15:28:09, Melchior wrote...
So what, government should build roads and other infrastructure, keep a military, basic laws like "don't kill people" and more or less leave it at that?
On 2009-09-13 at 16:16:05, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You could argue that there should be a big company that builds roads, and if people and businesses need a road to let others get to them then they should pay the mega-corporation to make them one for a reasonable fee.
On 2009-09-13 at 19:15:07, Baslisks wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: snow crash?
On 2009-09-13 at 19:17:04, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Baslisks: I hadn't thought about that. It's a serious thought, in line with the ideas that Digitalboss usually puts forwards.
On 2009-09-13 at 19:21:21, Thelevellers wrote...
Snow crash?
On 2009-09-13 at 20:18:52, DigitalBoss wrote...
The reason that the US government builds roads now is because of Dwight Eisenhour. He proposed and built the interstate highway system that we have now so he could more efficiently move the military around the country. Otherwise, road building is a state affair, which it should be.
On 2009-09-13 at 20:22:18, DigitalBoss wrote...
One more time: the founding fathers of the US meant for the power to be in the state governments. Each state government is a small example of the federal government. The states where meant to be mini experiments in which the citizens could stay or leave to another, whichever fits their beliefs, business, or life style. That idea went out the window with the big-government progressives back in the early parts of the 20th century.
On 2009-09-13 at 20:23:24, DigitalBoss wrote...
Go ahead and slap me. I love it when pretty young bitches slap me.
On 2009-09-13 at 23:52:59, BorgClown wrote...
I'll have to pass on your slapping invitation.
On 2009-09-13 at 23:54:45, BorgClown wrote...
@Thelevellers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_Crash Haven't read it myself, but been wanting to. I'll make time to do it this week.
On 2009-09-14 at 04:01:51, DigitalBoss wrote...
I can see why I have never heard of it, and why it never became very popular. The plot seems to be full of liberal entendre.
On 2009-09-14 at 16:55:39, Thelevellers wrote...
Snow Crash sounds like an interesting read, I'm still awaiting time to sort out a library card though, so it will have to wait for me... :S
On 2009-09-14 at 17:18:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: Snow Crash is a book that should be read, if only to be able to say that you've read it. You'll then know what people are talking about when they make pop culture references to it.
On 2009-09-15 at 02:40:53, BorgClown wrote...
@DigitalBoss: It's fiction, just for entertainment. Not all books must be educational.