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  •  expanding one quote (10+ / 0-)

    "My point is that one person is responsible. Always. If H Bombs exist - and they do - some man controls them. In terms of morals there is no such thing as 'state.' Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts." is America's Blog of Record

    by WI Deadhead on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 03:08:42 AM PDT

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    •  Excellent point (8+ / 0-)

      The problem we have is that the concept of government and corporations allow people to elude personal simply pointing to the "superior authority".

      - I had to launch the missile, those were my orders.

      - I had to ignore the safety regs, I had to meet my monthly quotas.

      In essence:

      "You can't blame me, I was just following orders!"

      Sadly, this excuse is accepted every day. Obama's acceptance of it to excuse torture and massive law breaking by Bush is what is destroying us as a nation, eroding our moral authority to that of the Nazis.

      And yes, I said the Nazis. The only difference between what we are doing and what they did is a matter of scale and accountability. We murder, but only on a small scale, and we are not held accountable for even that.

      I remember reading an article about a meeting of scientists on the future of nuclear weapons in the UK. Several scientists argued that they needed to keep them, not out of fear of Russia, but out of fear of the U.S.

      And they are quite right to be afraid.

    •  I can buy that, but it should also be (3+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, Maggie Pax, WI Deadhead

      expanded to cover corporations.

      If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much stupid costs

      by Sychotic1 on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 07:20:38 AM PDT

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