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Topic # 127055 28-Jul-2013 18:30
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1. Is government superior to the individual?

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2. Is the individual superior to government?

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  Reply # 867499 28-Jul-2013 19:04
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Here we goes...





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  Reply # 867502 28-Jul-2013 19:06
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I'll bit.

First the answer you get will depend on who you ask and what you mean by superior.

However if you ask the question what is the purpose of each then you might get a valid answer.

The purpose of government is to serve the people (many individuals).  So you could say the individual is superior.  

However since the government is there to serve many individuals it can be said it is there to ensure that one individual does not have an unfair superiority to the other individuals so in this case you could say the government is superior.

Perhaps neither is superior, they need each other so co exist in harmony.






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  Reply # 867506 28-Jul-2013 19:14
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It's a trick question but perhaps not in the way intended. Our answers will depend upon the flavour of 'superior' that we use: hierarchical position, rank, status, or some other quality which can be almost anything.

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  Reply # 867509 28-Jul-2013 19:18
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Neither.

Plus I predict this thread will reach it's nadir with in 3 pages.




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  Reply # 867516 28-Jul-2013 19:52
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The individual is superior. ....
And government is full of individuals

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  Reply # 867521 28-Jul-2013 20:09
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When New Zealand became a sovereign nation, all the rights were passed from Britain to the NZ government....

So the government HERE has ALL the rights, and passes on what its deems necessary to the people. So we don't have much in the way of rights.

This is quite different to the US where the constitution states that their government ONLY has specific rights granted to it by the people, and nothing automatically.

So in theory here the Government is totally superior to the people.




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  Reply # 868748 30-Jul-2013 17:24
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Some interesting replies.

An individual can create the idea of government.

The government cannot create an individual.

The trick part of the question is that government only exits in the minds of men and women.

You can't kick government, nor can it hear you or feel pain.

Movie - Ali G In Da House - keeps repeating thru out the movie "Keep it real".

Officers (MP's) acting in government create acts.

Wizard of Oz Behind the curtain.

Ghandi, Jesus, John Lenon, Martin Luther King - All threats to the idea of government.

Give peace a chance.


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