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So, I doubt that this will ever affect most of you, but Reinhold Niebuhr is an extremely annoying writer. It’s not that I disagree with him, though I’m not entirely sold on some of his ideas, but that he writes in a way that seems to intentionally make his ideas harder to understand. I’ve run into a few authors that do the same such as John Flavel and Baruch Spinoza. Personally, I love Confucius’ position: let your ideas be complicated, keep your writing as simple as possible. I much prefer simpler writing that expresses complicated ideas to complicated writing that expresses relatively simple ideas. Anyway, I have a story challenge for you. So, you know the rules. Take your subject and run with it. Write me a story of 1000 words or less and stay on topic. As before, if it’s in any way applicable, you should use this to try to develop your world a little more :).

Your Challenge: Is such a thing as a good (i.e. morally/ethically good or virtuous) government possible?

Just as some background, for anyone who is familiar with earlier (i.e. not 4th) edition Dungeons and Dragons, I was once part of a fairly well-grounded and thought out forum discussion regarding this subject. One of the major arguments in the debate was that all governments were, by dint of the very nature of government, Lawful Evil in alignment. This particular debater took the position that the requirements of effectively running a state forced a government to do things, and to allow things, that were inherently morally wicked.


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