Friday, November 05, 2010
“So Who Is Worse”
In an interesting, and somewhat lengthy post at Counting Cats in Zanzibar, titled Stoics and Epicurians - inspired by Ian B, Paul Marks asks the following question.
So who is worse? The people who sincerely believed in statism and worked to bring it about - or the people who knew it would be terrible, but allowed a “we are doomed” state of mind to undermine all their efforts against it?
I contend that individuals who sincerely believe in statism are worse than the “we are doomed” individuals, with the caveat that the we are doomed individuals, if they do allow the “we are doomed” meme to undermind efforts against statism, whether through apathy or consent, are only slightly less in degree worse than the statist believers.
Marks’ post, in addition to referencing the Stoics and Epicurians, also references Marcus Aurelius, Bertrand Russell, Hobbes, Lord Salisbury, amongest others. Worth reading.