How do you interpret this Mark Twain quote?
Do you think it's politically incorrect to point out that some people do not need to be lured by the carrot or compelled by the stick to act rationally and ethically?
Does Twain further transgress when he suggest that those who require the compulsion of law are "lesser"?
Those who require the constant fear of reprisal from the law to conduct themselves in a civilized, rational and ethical manner are cer
"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question." - Thomas Jefferson
If man can not govern himself, how can he govern others? I suppose this lies at the root of the media casting Obama as the "Messiah" and likening his election to "The second Coming".
Do you really think people are born "good" or "bad"? I tend to think that to a large degree they are a product of their family and of societal influences (education, media, etc..). That is not to say that they should not be held accountable for their conduct, but that anyone who honestly seeks to address sociapathic behavior must look to contributing influences and neither fatalistically assume their behavior is unavoidable and therefore the only remedy is to limit everyone's liberties, nor downplay the importance of the family unit and the damage flawed social programs can inflict.
re: "He means greater in the sense of the ethical person of means. That person could afford a Dream Team to get them acquitted of crimes, but that person wouldn't commit the crime bc of their good ethics, ie, right conduct."
You can't even leave class warfare out of a discussion of man's basic ethical state? Do you honestly believe that someones "means" determines their character one way or the other? Perhaps you refer to power that often comes along with means and its corrupting influence. If so you must believe that a limited government with less "means" taken from its citizens would be a "greater" one. If that is the case' perhaps we finally agree on something.