It's an Ill Wind

Kurt Buff - GSEC, GCIH kurt.buff at
Sun Mar 15 04:04:25 PDT 2020

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 8:55 PM Peter Fairbrother <peter at> wrote:
> On 15/03/2020 02:46, Kurt Buff - GSEC, GCIH wrote:
> The point of government is to prevent crime,
> > not tragedy.
> There I must disagree. The point of government is precisely to prevent
> tragedy.
> As in protection against invasion by foreign hordes, or for that matter
> viruses.

I slightly misspoke - the mission of government is to prosecute crime,
not prevent it, because ultimately prevention is impossible.

But here we see the problem with your scope of government - everything
unfortunate becomes defined as a tragedy, and therefore legitimizes
all government intrusion into the private sphere.

War, that is, invasion by a foreign power, is a species of crime.
Illness is not.


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