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  •  I love the way it's framed as having a stake (10+ / 0-)

    when, in fact, it's about pulling out all the stakes.  No investment in the very idea of society.

    •  Indeed, biologically (3+ / 0-)

      ...it is well-known that highly social animals -- those that are collectivist -- are usually more intelligent. Take a look at all the really smart species: bonobos, crows, parrots, chimps, elephants, dolphins, whales, etc, etc -- they are all social animals that take care of their own. There is something about social behavior that makes animals smarter. Communication? Caring? Figuring out ways to do stuff (technology)? Sharing ideas? Handing ideas down (culture)? Trade?

      It is obvious that stronger more powerful communities are the most organized, the most pro-social. The best way to destroy a society and therefore a nation is to fracture it. The aristocracy has always been terrified of democracy because there are more of us than there are of them and our constitution allows for taxation.

      Give me the biggest possible government -- 350 million strong!

      "The survival value of intelligence is that it allows us to extinct a bad idea, before the idea extincts us." -- Karl Popper

      by eyeswideopen on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:21:53 PM PDT

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    •  Bindle, that's worth stealing: (0+ / 0-)
      it's framed as having a stake
      when, in fact, it's about pulling out all the stakes.

      "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

      by kj in missouri on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:47:12 PM PDT

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