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Josiah Thompson

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Is the solution to "coding a better government" really to be bureaucratically active, or is it to tone down bureaucracy?

I think the real problem is that there's too much bureaucracy in the government, and really in everything. There's too many rules and loopholes to go through, that it just makes life much more inconvenient. America claims to be about freedom, but I feel very limited in what I can do because of all of this bureaucracy, however I don't believe it should be completely painted out of the picture. Everything should be taken in moderation. I also think that social change comes from real political activism. Rosa Parks and Gandhi weren't bureaucratic activists, yet they seemed to have made a very large impact on their societies.

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    Gail . 50+

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    Sep 12 2012: Thomas Jefferson said something that I heartily agree with: The government that governs least, governs best.

    There is a role for government, but it is not that of tyrannical dictatorship that destroys individual freedoms in the name of freedom itself, as is the case in the USA
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      Sep 14 2012: I have to agree. I've recently read Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and it makes some excellent points. Probably my favorite quote from that would be this, "Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made agents of injustice." The whole essay talks about how man's conscience has the supreme word over law. And I feel that's not how society currently works.

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