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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontological issues relative to privacy.

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:02:34 -0500
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On 1/17/14 10:45 AM, John F Sowa wrote:
> Steve and Kingsley,
> SN
>>> We all have many illusions to abandon, and, I fear, not a whole
>>> lot of time to adapt our cultures to the new modalities of power
>>> before the inevitable corruption makes orderly adaptation even harder.
> KI
>> Yep!!
> I also agree.  But the only point I disagree with is that there
> is anything fundamentally new in the relationships.  The basic
> principles have not changed since prehistoric times:
>    * Golden rule:  He who has the gold makes the rules.
>    * Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
>    * Feudalism, laissez-faire capitalism, fascism, and communism
>      are *identical*.  The only difference is in terminology.
> The technology may be different, but the people who have the gold
> -- the leaders of big governments and big businesses -- have not
> changed in the slightest.  Our only chance of survival is to use
> the same technology to keep tabs on the leaders, to play them
> against one another, and to keep any from gaining a monopoly.
> And by the way, I don't have any hope in principles of morality
> or religion.  I agree with Hegel that the Protestant Revolution
> was the greatest thing that happened to Christianity -- but not
> because the Protestants were any better.  It's just that the
> competition between them kept either from getting absolute power.
> John
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