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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
asked in tyranny, opinion



beeper_spryte answers:

tyranny in any shape or form can only be a bad thing, which is where moderation comes in kinda handy. a gentle nudge here and there is often more appropriate than summary executions carried out by over-enthusiastic hatchet men or the thumbs up/down as given by an overlord.

you could almost equate the "nanny state" to a kind of tyranny - "exercised for the good of its victims" indeed...


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moonzero2 answers:

As the old saying goes the road to hell is paved with good intentions.


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wumpus answers:

I don't think I agree.

If the person at the top is competent of doing the job effectively and without letting their own personal advantage get in the way, there should be no need to tyrannise anyone.

The best tyrants are the ones you don't notice.


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BobBibleman answers:

yes I agree with that, though I can't remember who said it about what thing exactly. It relates to religious beliefs, where you're told 'its for your own good' I could list lots of examples!
I think it could be updated to include tyrants who are apparently elected (Bush and Brown spring to mind!But then who's going to stop them..?)


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