[pp.int.general] where is the manifesto?
Richard M Stallman
rms at gnu.org
Mon Dec 29 23:08:57 CET 2008
You are quite right that thiscan be a major problem. The solution imho is to
solve the problem at the front door, not at the back door.
You're proposing the solution of never having a corruptible
government. Of course, that is what we want -- but we cannot expect
to achieve it, because no human system is perfect. We must instead
design the system so that mistakes can be corrected. Which means we
must reject and eliminate the "principle" that makes them irreparable.
I am all in favor of requiring compensation when the government takes
physical property. Even extending this to shares and financial
instruments is good, provided there is an exception when they were
obtained through corrupt privatization. But when it extends to powers
over other people, the principle becomes unjust.
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