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Ruminations 68 Epigrams and Aphorisms:
4. A state that refuses to be accountable for its errors will soon lose the affection and then loyalty of its people. [On the continued unwillingness of even the richest states to make amends when it causes harm to innocent parties through the use of its police power (here)].
7. When the state asserts authority through law but devoid of ethical legitimacy it reduces the legitimacy of the state itself. That is the tragedy of this shortsighted decision by judges who ought to know their duty, and the higher law of this Republic, better. [Considering extent of the judicial protection of local police in killing the pets of those with whom they come in contact, including dogs that bark].
11. States are the ultimate chameleons--when they appeared to be overwhelmed by global economic enterprises they started intervening directly in the market with the flexibility of enterprises and the resources of the state; when they appeared to be overwhelmed by global civil society, they intervened directly in civil society space with the mass appeal of popular movements and the unaccountable power of the state. [Considering news that Qatar created their own NGOs to spy on civil society and manage public discussion, following the pattern developed in China (here)].
12. Political societies embrace creative destruction, unless the creative destroyer threatens the political order itself. [On considering the reticence of Chinese officials to embrace creative destruction because to do so might elevate Mao Zdeong and the Cultural Revolution as the ost destructive and innovative era of the recent past (here)].]