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    the past 60 years, since Nuremberg. And when it comes to comparing evolutionary change with societal change, you'd have us move at the pace of natural selection???

    In fact, this very nation was born out of a belief in progress and perfectibility of humanity through social change. It was the reactionaries of that time that argued that rule by monarchs had been going on for a long time and there was nothing that should be done about it (except minor reforms).

    I respect you and know you are no reactionary. However, I think everyone here at Daily Kos should consider the power of the existing authorities, who in their ever-present press to maintain their policies, and in particular the polices of military expansion and occupation, and of favoring corporations and the very rich, continually stress adaptation to the status quo. This favors them, and the influence of this, backed by a myriad of outlets, exerts a mighty influence upon popular opinion. So, of course, torture can't change, is embedded in human nature, one starts to think. That's the meme that's handed down, and then unconsciously picked up and asserted at the level of, say, a blog post or comment.

    War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, The lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade Invictus

    by Valtin on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 10:39:17 AM PDT

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