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Thoughts on Politics
Unlike many in the Western world, I do not hold Democracy, be it representative or otherwise, to be the best form of government.
Like many in the Western world, I do not hold Communism, be it of the Russian, Chinese, or any other form, as the best form of government.
The only form of government that can truly offer the best governance of a state is that of a benign dictator.
And of course, I should be that benign dictator :-)
However, all (or very nearly all) countries of the Western world, and many of the developing world are run, to some degree, by some form of democracy, so I shall restrict my political discussion to such forms of government.
It is my belief that a good democracy should offer the following to its citizens:
Religion has no place in government.
The economy should be run as a responsible capitalism. The basic tenets of free trade should be adhered to. Government intervention should be minimal, supplying only those laws that describe the boundaries of 'responsible' capitalism.
Social Welfare should be minimal. Individuals should be responsible for ensuring that they prepare appropriately for retirement.
Of course, I still approach this from the view of a citizen of a nation-state rather than that of a federation of states (such as where I live), and so I need to consider the division of responsibility between federal and state governments. That is a tricky issue.
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