Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Seeking balance

"Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Awesome quote. I've been thinking about Hobbes and Locke a lot lately and their opposing views on human nature. Are we inherently good or inherently evil. Luther says both. God made us good, yet all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, in sin we're conceived and born into sin and sinful from the day we were born, yet created for good works, meant to be a little lower than angels, blessed that we can be called sons and daughters of God.

Republicans think that government can't be good because it's a flawed, human system. Free markets they say, Laissez-faire they say. Democrats recognize that Wall Street needs limits and big business needs regulating because people are greedy. Give the supply-side tax cuts so that they'll reinvest in capital and create jobs, and they'll invest in a get rich quicker scheme at the expense of everyone poorer than them.

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