"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Reply to "Give Kids the Vote"

Firstly, children already vote in school. Right? Secondly, the whole argument that you are making is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of political economics shared by the average voter today. To wit: the idea that there is just so much “stuff” to be gotten in this life which must be apportioned out by this or that constituency. This sort of “lifeboat ethics” is what has lead to the horrors in the extreme case of Nazi Germany. It was the philosophical justification for the policy of “Lebensraum.” The alternative to such a debased Hobbesian conception of an interminable war of “each against all” is a society founded upon continuous increases in the standard of living through the application of scientific progress. Please read Alexander Hamilton’s Report to the Congress on the Subject of Manufacturing. Read it and perhaps you might mature a little wee bit. Thank you.

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