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25-08-2011, 03:20 PM (This post was last modified: 25-08-2011 03:26 PM by Peterkin.)
RE: Politics and Religion
No, i don't think so, unless outside means laws relating to the entire species, of which each separate group of that species partakes. But even then, i wouldn't call it government, exactly. Overarching principles? Moral base-line?

I think of government as the individual(s) steering a given group. It may have the power of arbitrary life and death by the leader's or leaders' own hand or by lethal enforcers, and no grumbling allowed. Or it may just be a toothless granny they all ask for advice. Any amount of power along that line. It may legislate, arbitrate, regulate, interpret old text or invent new; it may be dependent on the vagaries of popularity or on blood ties; it may be for a brief interval or life. But one thing i'm pretty sure of is that the governing person or committee rises up out of the group, by the will - or at least consent - of the group. Why the governor sent by a victorious foreign power is never considered legitimate, and is borne by the subject people only through force of superior arms - even if the occupying nations's laws are far more enlightened, fair and benevolent than their defeated leaders' were. A people may - often does! - depose a bad leader, but it's a prerogative of which they tend to be jealous. Often, they will put up with a bad leader, rather than accept foreign rule.
Humans, that is. I'm not sure how other pack, flock and herd animals are about this. Be interesting to find out. (Back to Konrad Lorenz!)

It's not the mean god I have trouble with - it's the people who worship a mean god.
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Politics and Religion - darksky - 21-08-2011, 07:54 AM
RE: Politics and Religion - Lilith Pride - 21-08-2011, 08:26 AM
RE: Politics and Religion - Peterkin - 21-08-2011, 10:42 AM
RE: Politics and Religion - next_ghost - 22-08-2011, 04:40 AM
RE: Politics and Religion - Lilith Pride - 22-08-2011, 07:02 AM
RE: Politics and Religion - Peterkin - 22-08-2011, 05:45 PM
RE: Politics and Religion - Lilith Pride - 23-08-2011, 05:47 PM
RE: Politics and Religion - Peterkin - 23-08-2011, 07:33 PM
RE: Politics and Religion - Lilith Pride - 23-08-2011, 08:23 PM
RE: Politics and Religion - Peterkin - 25-08-2011 03:20 PM
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