Unfortunately voting for the “right” person is impossible when left with only the desperate attempt to pick the lesser of two evils.
– test 2020-11-04 00:28 UTC
Karl Popper writes that Thucydides reported that Pericles said: even though only a few of us are able to make politics, we are still all able to judge it. To not pick the lesser evil is to make us complicit in the greater evil.
– Alex Schroeder 2020-11-04 07:54 UTC
Now I’m wondering where Thucydides said this. Perhaps it was this:
Our public men have, besides politics, their private affairs to attend to, and our ordinary citizens, though occupied with the pursuits of industry, are still fair judges of public matters
– Alex Schroeder 2020-11-04 09:11 UTC
The modern epidemic of tolerance for monopolies began 40 years ago, in the Reagan years, and every administration since has waved through blatantly anticompetitive mergers and turned a blind eye to grossly anticompetitive acts. The story of how this came to pass is tawdry and oft-told: it’s the tale of how switching competition law’s enforcement to focus on “consumer welfare” (low prices) destroyed labor markets, national resiliency, and the credibility of democratic institutions. It’s the story of how control over industries dwindled to a handful of powerful people who captured their regulators and got themselves deputized as arms of the government. – Cory Doctorow: Tech Monopolies and the Insufficient Necessity of Interoperability, in Locus Magazine
– Alex 2021-07-07 15:35 UTC