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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:57 pm 
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It's pretty to think so. But the experience of two world wars may have led him to believe quite firmly that all such systems, however well-intentioned, break down and tend to evil (or are easily manipulated by men of evil intent).

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― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:24 am 
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Oh, I fully understand why he felt the way he did. But ultimately, I believe Tolkien was rather naive when it comes to "governance." Much like Thomas Jefferson, he preferred a system of government that can only really work in rural, pre-industrial, low population-density societies. An idyllic, rural yeomanry. I desire that as well, but the world is huge, complex, densely-populated in many areas, and full of incredibly dangerous substances, tools and weapons, and such loose governance structures simply cannot hold. IMO, a sort of libertarian anarchy of the type he preferred would, in today's world, spell almost certain disaster for the globe.


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