Thursday, April 2, 2009

I, Government

I'm wondering if Assimov's 'Laws of Robotics' should be applied to Government ( as if the Government was an artificial person ). Our Government isn't really alive you know, but it does present that illusion. That illusion does have power though, and power must be managed well. So, why not manage Government as Assimov suggests?

I would rewrite the laws to state;

Government may not injure a human, or through inaction allow a human to come to harm while it obeys the will of the people. Nor should Government allow itself to be altered or abolished as long as it protects and serves the people above it's own interest.

These principles could marry the American Conservatives passion for the individual, and the American Liberals desire for a Nanny-State.

This, of course assumes that Government has it's own interests, identity and spirit.

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