[freeciv-data] Re: Artillery and sea units
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scripsit Richard Stallman:
> PS: what would happen to default game strategy if democracy and republic
> switched places in the tech tree? I think it would interesting...
> I was amused by the idea that "in democracy there is no corruption".
> But if that really means a system of direct democracy, I guess I don't
> know. How much corruption is there in Switzerland?
I would classify as pretty corrupt a system which condoned and
encouraged banks' seizure of the assets of holocaust victims' heirs.
Switzerland also isn't a `pure' democracy; it's a federal republic with
parliamentary democracy, much like Germany.
However, that's not what Freeciv corruption is about. `Corruption'
really means inefficiency or waste in this case. I think it's aruable
that the combination of market capitalism and parliamentary democracy is
likely to have less waste. The downside of that is increased
unhappiness -- all the poor sods making minimum wage and being unable to
afford healthcare or education for their children are unhappy, and need
to be given bread and circus.
A social democracy, OTOH, might trade increased waste for decreased
unhappiness. It's `waste' in the sense that the political right calls
waste -- government bureaucracy, welfare state, etc. -- but that keeps
more of the population content (or at least not being criminal).
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[freeciv-data] Re: [Freeciv-Dev] Re: Artillery and sea units (PR#1476), Thanasis Kinias, 2002/05/24