Message from Jeremy in Athens #piraeus_politics_news


2019-09-09 09:28:05 UTC  

We need to progress further towards true freedom, America stands for it but doesn't act it

2019-09-09 09:28:38 UTC  

If not even America is willing to push for more freedom, what hope does humankind have as a whole?

2019-09-09 09:30:50 UTC  

The closest you will come to true freedom is a federalist, decentralized government, of which the liberty lovers are enabled to self-govern, while eliminating the mechanisms by which feed the power of the artful few to impose upon the many. You will find a taste of true freedom in Washington's Farewell Address of 1796.

2019-09-09 09:32:43 UTC  

I don't think any federation can defend freedom

2019-09-09 09:32:47 UTC  

American federalism is also by design, just as any other, but it retains the greatest freedom for one to govern oneself. We've strayed from federalism, and that is the problem, the interests of few districts infringing upon those of hundreds.

2019-09-09 09:33:30 UTC  

You can't be "allowed" to self-govern, you either do or you don't. If you need to be allowed, then you're not self-governed.

2019-09-09 09:34:11 UTC  

It's not a matter of being allowed, it's a matter of retaining a system that cannot violate your ability to self-govern, one we do not have as we continue to stray away from federalism.

2019-09-09 09:34:26 UTC  

I'm not sure why you're talking about this as a "few vs many" situation

2019-09-09 09:34:37 UTC  

The many, the few, it doesn't matter

2019-09-09 09:34:58 UTC  

Did you not read what I wrote, regarding the 17th Amendment?

2019-09-09 09:35:12 UTC  

Look

2019-09-09 09:35:21 UTC  

Whether few infringe on many, or many infringe on few, it's the same thing

2019-09-09 09:35:28 UTC  

Morally speaking

2019-09-09 09:36:09 UTC  

The many cannot infringe upon the few under American federalism, nor can the few upon the many; that's the point.

2019-09-09 09:36:09 UTC  

Unless you're a utilitarian, in which case I'd love to have a debate about the meaning of numbers

2019-09-09 09:36:48 UTC  

I'm not a fan of utilitarianism, and if I was, I'd be an anti-federalist and side with Wilsonian-populism.

2019-09-09 09:36:48 UTC  

Well ok, so no one should infringe on anything or anyone, right?

2019-09-09 09:42:08 UTC  

Correct. If a commune wishes to practice an internalized and isolated iteration of socialism; fine. This is about leaving people to live according to how they see fit, as it was meant to be. As I said, the economic interests of a firm in New York should have no sway upon 25 other Senators from fly-over country, in seeking a regulation that secures a monopoly for them, yet leaves the constituency disadvantaged within those other States and Districts, with their entrepreneurs unable to enter and compete in various industries relating to those regulated on behalf of those interests in New York.

Anyway, I've got to get going.

2019-09-09 09:43:19 UTC  

Why would you be anti-federal if you were utilitarian?

2019-09-09 09:43:22 UTC  

I've got to take a family member in for surgery, so we'll pick this up in the future.

2019-09-09 09:43:45 UTC  

Because the needs of the many should trump those of the few, if you're a utilitarian.

2019-09-09 09:43:53 UTC  

I’m utilitarian and I believe the federal state is the best way to achieve my aims.

2019-09-09 09:44:17 UTC  

Federalism is anti to federal state.

2019-09-09 09:44:48 UTC  

I know the words seem to confuse people, as they assume the meaning behind them.

2019-09-09 09:45:04 UTC  

Anyway, taking off!

2019-09-09 09:45:25 UTC  

I'm also very confused by this argument

2019-09-09 09:45:54 UTC  

Mine, or his?

2019-09-09 09:45:57 UTC  

His

2019-09-09 09:46:34 UTC  

I'm not utilitarian in principle, but I think I understand correctly that federalism and utilitarianism go very much hand in hand, and separating them seems very odd

2019-09-09 09:47:15 UTC  

I do understand however why federalism may be anti federal state

2019-09-09 09:47:36 UTC  

Not neccessarily anti, but... also not neccessarily pro

2019-09-09 09:49:04 UTC  

It would allow those federal states to exist and give people more localised control, but what powers the states have and how they’re managed, etc is up for debate. For sure.

2019-09-09 09:49:40 UTC  

Right, so federalism wouldn't be anti federal state, just anti... radical self-governance

2019-09-09 09:50:18 UTC  

Yes.

2019-09-09 09:50:38 UTC  

It’s obviously more centralised than I imagine he would like.

2019-09-09 09:53:52 UTC  

I mean, what one would like or wouldn't like is a tough question for a debate in itself (for example you're utilitarian, and I'm mostly anti-utilitarian, with virtually no exceptions, and this would certainly cause a heated exchange of opinions), but at least when discussing these things, how these principles overlap should certainly be understood first

2019-09-09 09:55:42 UTC  

As I understand it, its in the very nature of federalism to see people as numbers, not as beings to respect equally under all circumstances

2019-09-09 09:55:43 UTC  

Yeah agreed. You need a base understanding, somewhere to stand and then build from.

2019-09-09 09:56:26 UTC  

And I put no emphasis on "equally", but on "respect"

2019-09-09 09:56:48 UTC  

A federation, by its very nature, does not respect man, unless I have a fundamental misunderstanding about that

2019-09-09 09:57:39 UTC  

It certainly does not respect a man's freedom