Government a Symptom

Government is a symptom of overpopulation.
Watch out for the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, but pk says further that government then causes additional overpopulation.

It’s only slightly a chicken and egg problem. First there’s population, then there’s overpopulation. Government emerges from overpopulation: but, once emerged, government causes an additional population explosion. Then the biosphere is taxed: and government, wishing to survive, wriggles around, putting pennies in nature’s fuse boxes. In the end though overpopulation will kill us: all the more fatally thanks to government interference with natural limits.

You know what the phrase penny in the fuse box refers to, don’t you? These days with circuit breakers the metaphor is losing comprehensibility. Once upon a time houses were engineered to have a fuse in the wiring system. So much current could flow within the safety estimates. If more current than the safe limit flowed, then the fuse part of the circuit melted, current ceased to flow. If you were running the iron and the toaster and the space heater, before your house caught fire and burned down, the fuse was supposed to warn you: slow down, back off … turn off, unplug something.

The problem with life is finding the right combination. No kids, the species dies, too many kids, strain is shifted elsewhere: pay attention, maximize intelligence, and the earth, and an optimal human population can flourish. But not once the Temple can crucify Jesus, the Church can burn Galileo, the US can censor pk … Government can take the form of Temple, Church … US. And visa versa.

Confusing Symptom with Cause:
the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy

My son, bkMarcus, named his domain after an example of the the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy. Quoting’s quote of bk: “my intro philosophy professor, Arieh Kosman, told us he had known a woman who heard that children who colored disproportionately with black crayons were statistically more likely to commit suicide — so she took away all of her son’s black crayons.”

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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