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    An American's Creed

    I was reading the Star today and came across the interview with Karpal Singh. Right in the first paragraph of the article, the reporter observed a framed copy of Dean Alfange's 'An American Creed.' hanging near Karpal Singhs office.

    What struck me was this. This is actually the solution out of the Rat Race and to end being manipulated by the system. If enough people believe this of themselves. Here it is:


    I do not choose to be a common man
    It is my right to be uncommon...
    If I can. I seek opportunity... Not security.

    I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
    Humbled and dulled by having the state to dream and build, to
    Fail and succeed.

    I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
    I prefer the challenges of life to the
    Guaranteed existence; the thrill of
    Fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
    I will not trade freedom for beneficence
    Nor my dignity for a hand out. I will
    Never cower before any master nor bend
    to any threat.

    It is my heritage to stand erect,
    proud, and unafraid; to think and act for
    myself; enjoy the benefits of my
    creations; and to face the world boldly
    and say, "This I have done with my own hand,
    I am a man. I am an American.


    Insert any nationality into the last line. I doubt Mr Alfange will have a problem with that.
    I much prefer this to 'Malaysia Boleh'




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    Very apt, Amadan. But first we have to restructure the Rat Race to give everyone a fair go. Today, we have a class of parasites squatting in the Ruling Chair and sucking the blood of the people, while screaming Ketuanan Melayu at the top of their voices.

    They use greed, fear, jealousy and hatred to control certain groups of Rats.
    py

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    They are the few. And we are legion.

    It is unfortunate that the many will always allow themselves to be ruled by the few.

    "...stand erect,proud, and unafraid; to think and act for
    myself;
    "

    Very few people are proud(in the true sense of the word) and unafraid. Even less think for themselves.

    Another quote comes to mind. "Ask not what Government can do for you but what you can do without Government."

    This crisis will collapse many govenments. Lets see what happens then..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amadan
    They are the few. And we are legion.

    "...stand erect,proud, and unafraid; to think and act for
    myself;
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    "Ask not what Government can do for you but what you can do without Government."
    Amadan, I thought you are a goldbug. You are beginning to sound like a politician.
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    lol! Politician? Arrghhh..They creep me out.

    No, I am a political atheist...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amadan
    "Ask not what Government can do for you but what you can do without Government."
    Government has an immense ability to mess up our lives if left to their own devices. To paraphrase your quote, I would suggest:

    Ask not what Govt can do for you.
    Ask what you can do to make sure Govt don't do you in.
    py

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    Quote Originally Posted by pywong
    Quote Originally Posted by Amadan
    "Ask not what Government can do for you but what you can do without Government."
    Government has an immense ability to mess up our lives if left to their own devices. To paraphrase your quote, I would suggest:

    Ask not what Govt can do for you.
    Ask what you can do to make sure Govt don't do you in.
    Exactly what this quote meant and takes it one step further.

    Government can't mess you up if there is no government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amadan
    Exactly what this quote meant and takes it one step further.

    Government can't mess you up if there is no government.
    Amadan, anarchy won't work. We need a social order and a govt but minimal govt. Currently, ours is suffocating. To top it off, they suffer from bad breath through too much shouting of Ketuanan Melayu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pywong
    Amadan, anarchy won't work. We need a social order and a govt but minimal govt. Currently, ours is suffocating. To top it off, they suffer from bad breath through too much shouting of Ketuanan Melayu.

    "Most people do not consider the problem of government: it is not a person, nor a family, but a detached bureaucratic thing by which a few must rule over others they have not met. It does not consider the finer points of individual cases, but creates rigid abstract rules which inevitably come into conflict. For this reason, most governments spend their time in internal conflict over interpretation of rules, and inevitably oppress their citizens by forcing them to obey detailed regulations which fit an "average" citizen, yet apply to no actually living human being.

    An anarchist is someone who agrees that civilization should exist, but believes that government is a parasite not necessary for civilization. Government both oppresses the citizens and takes from them the responsibility of making society work. Instead of taking it into their own hands, citizens are trained to sit back and call some distant acronymous agency to help them out. By this method, we domesticate ourselves and make even the best among us weak and passive. Even worse, we hand power to the bureaucrats, who are by definition people who could not succeed in actual work, and therefore take paper-pushing jobs so they have power over others.

    The average person considers anarchy a state without order, but when looked at practically, it can be seen as a different kind of order. Centralized authority requires we all obey a single authority, but anarchy requires decentralized governments in which we are each our own authorities, and responsible to each other to collaborate and maintain what is needed for civilization. In centralized government, you have to convince a bureaucrat or jury that what you are doing is correct, but in decentralized government, you must maintain cooperation with your fellow citizens by showing them constantly that you are doing what is right. Centralized government is like watching television: you sit back and relax and pay attention to the show, but you are not actually part of it, and until it gets so bad you change the channel, you put up with its mediocrities."


    http://www.anarchy.net/anarchy/anarchy_manifesto/

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    Anarchy: In theory good. In practice, no. Too many idiots around. What we need is a minimalist govt. Just enough to keep basic functions running and for self-defense. The challenge is to find out how little is enough. There will always be a greedy guy who grabs power in the name of the people and for the sake of the people.
    py

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