Constrained: human nature is unchanging and selfish, Adam Smith, American Revolution, all people are corruptible, Aristotle, Winston Churchill, free markets, talk is cheap, everyman, first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book, people make mistakes and other people may see things differently, judge people by what they do
Unconstrained: human nature is malleable and perfectible, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French Revolution, Philosopher Kings, Plato, Neville Chamberlain & Bertrand Russell, planned economy, faith in rhetoric to solve problems, elitist, Harvard faculty, if you disagree with me you are an idiot or evil, judge people by what they say
A Conflict of Visions: Idealogical Origins of Political Struggles, by Thomas Sowell
Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. We also need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT) and to prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading.