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31st-Aug-2009 12:01 am

  • 18:54 The Kennedy Myth in today's Post repays reading. bit.ly/16VlsR #

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31st-Aug-2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, a not uninteresting article closes on a note of unmitigated and fraudulent hysteria. "Doing something for your country" is no more to do with doing something at the bidding of government (even supposing that to be a bad thing) than doing something for your friend means asking that your friend should control what you do. Less, if anything. In my country there is a law which decrees that people who have honoured Italy by their achievements but can be shown to have fallen on bad days will receive a pension at the expense of the State. The reason for this is that people of great achievement (the law has been used a couple of dozen times, mostly for artists, a few times for scientists and sportsmen) have done something for their country. The same is true for people who set up a useful and successful charity, or for that matter for honest businessmen who establish productive and law-abiding concerns and pay their taxes. To call it totalitarian is to call Socrates and St.Paul totalitarian.
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