November 19th, 2005

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It is natural to a republic to have only a small territory, otherwise it cannot long subsist. In a large republic there are men of large fortunes, and consequently of less moderation; there are trusts too great to be placed in any single subject; he has interest of his own; he soon begins to think that he may be happy, great and glorious, by oppressing his fellow citizens; and that he may raise himself to grandeur on the ruins of his country. In a large republic, the public good is sacrificed to a thousand views; it is subordinate to exceptions, and depends on accidents. In a small one, the interest of the public is easier perceived, better understood, and more within the reach of every citizen; abuses are of less extent, and of course are less protected.

--- Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws.
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on three things

There are three things I despise about Ethical culture.

1. The membership is split evenly between geeky pro-science philosophy types and hippy trippy anti-corporate pro-nature activist types. Sometimes, regrettably, embodied in the same people.

2. For as often as it occurs, the opportunity to ask "is this behavior actually ethical" is often not asked.

3. The membership votes on issues.

Tomorrow morning is the anual membership meeting after platform, wherein we will learn the state of the manifold, vote on whther or not to do this or that, and generally be democratic because it's the "right thing to do". It irks me that I even have a voice, and am expected to vocalize it. Whatever hppened to the good old days, when religion was something that elders or priestly/rabbinic types decided what was right for you, and you just sat there and took it until you couldn't take any more?