"Lord of the Flies" analogy

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Posted by Vincent ( on May 04, 2002 at 00:54:21:

In Reply to: Part III response (Need for Divine Power) posted by Brett Zamir on May 03, 2002 at 11:19:05:

But there is no outside authority. God isn't here to run things (or if he is, he isn't very effective at it), it's up to us. A world government would be more like a clique of bullies than a wise parent, since its members would be no different from the rest of the children.

For that matter this is true of national governments as well, typically. The trick is to keep them under control by dividing their authority, not to centralize them under an all-powerful institution.

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