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Response to sibelian (Reply #31)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 01:34 PM

45. In society there are two or more pieces to a properly balanced puzzle

The "public" and the "state" are two that are common today. The Church was common in place of the state hundreds of years ago. (A vast improvement regardless of if you approve of the state at all!) Each group serves as a counterbalance of power to the other, or at least should in a properly working system. If you have to much power in the state you get authoritarianism or communism. If you get too much power in the public then you get rampant abuses by those who have the resources to become more powerful than other members of the public.

There needs to be a balance between the two. One needs to check the other's power evenly. We as a society have not yet figured how to do this properly. What is needed is little tweaks, not systemic overhaul. We need to find a way to ensure that the state doesn't trounce public opinion but that the public opinion doesn't run rampant hurting other people in society.




On review, the graph lines should be inverted... concave instead of convex... but I'm not making a new graphic now. Lol. Essentially between the two economic models, the polar opposites are communism and capitalism... rule by state and rule by free market. The potential for injustice rises as the existence of autonomous regulation (checks and balances to power) decrease. Autonomous regulation decreases the further unbalanced power is held between the state and the public.

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