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08/31/2011

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"...all human knowledge and information is fallible, and [...] the ability to discern information more likely to approximate truth from lesser candidates greatly increases with the internet, i.e. with the breadth of access to information."

Hear, hear, Georg - extremely well put. You make your point at least as well as Jonah G makes his. Unstifled dissemination of information (good and bad) may be the only hope we have.

And can we all bear in mind that it is not just the liberals who purport to be the true bearers of received "knowledge". I am to the point that I just reflexively pucker up a bit in my nether regions when I hear anyone, lib or con, say, "Here's the way it really is ...."

"Unstifled dissemination of information (good and bad) may be the only hope we have."

I agree with the antediluvian statement above. The major problem, as I see it, is the moment when the information becomes cemented into a legalized system created by those who believe they have it all figured out.

The creation of systems are necessary, and part of man's nature, but they are, in the end, flawed. They eventually break down. At such a time, a new system should appear but, when governments are involved, they prop up older systems until they are too big to fail. This only prolongs the moment of failure and makes that moment far worse for everyone.

Private systems fail, too, but in a smoother fashion provided that there are no legal barriers preventing the genesis of new systems to replace the old. Adaptability is paramount and requires constant tweaking in our thought processes. People need to be free for this to happen.

Thanks, Ed, for your encouragement.

You are making an important point that I have neglected in my zeal to show how fundamentally authoritarian the left is - they are not progressives, they are reactionaries.

You are absolutely right Ed:

< ... it is not just the liberals who purport to be the true bearers of received "knowledge">

I couldn't agree more, Eric.

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