Idle Talk 05 05 13 What is the best form of Government?

May 07, 2013, 04:29 PM

What is the best form of #government? Should it be any #dictatorship, #democracy or something else? One way of answering this question is to examine our human nature, find out what we're really like and find a type of government that suits our inclinations and characteristics. We discuss Thomas #Hobbes' #Leviathan which argues that due to Humanity's selfish and brutish nature the only form of government should be it an absolute /undemocratic government. We contrast these ideas with John Stuart #Mill's pro-democratic writings. This episode also contains an interesting sidetrack about how many engineers just don't understand philosophical thought experiments!

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