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Daemon
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States, as great engines, move slowly.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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States, as great engines, move slowly and steadily - for the great delight of bureaucrats... Steady, boys, steady!
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Or like clockwork.
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The United ones? Think
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States, UNlike great engines, have many UNnececssary parts. No good machine, however, should have unnecessary parts. The functions of good machines are crystal clear; those of the State aren't clear at all. They collect money from hardworking tax-payers and then waste and misuse it. States also create their own victims and then punish them. States do work sometimes, but that's the exception, not the rule!
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States are the people and most people of intellect like to think before they act as Act are time and time can never be recalled only the Act careful of regret.Boo hoo! Shame on you
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Context from: "Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human" (1605)
by Francis Bacon

Book II

Civil knowledge is conversant about a subject which of all others is most immersed in matter, and hardliest reduced to axiom. Nevertheless, as Cato the Censor said, “That the Romans were like sheep, for that a man were better drive a flock of them, than one of them; for in a flock, if you could get but some few go right, the rest would follow:” so in that respect moral philosophy is more difficile than policy. Again, moral philosophy propoundeth to itself the framing of internal goodness; but civil knowledge requireth only an external goodness; for that as to society sufficeth. And therefore it cometh oft to pass that there be evil times in good governments: for so we find in the Holy story, when the kings were good, yet it is added, Sed adhuc poulus non direxerat cor suum ad Dominum Deum patrum suorum. Again, states, as great engines, move slowly, and are not so soon put out of frame: for as in Egypt the seven good years sustained the seven bad, so governments for a time well grounded do bear out errors following; but the resolution of particular persons is more suddenly subverted. These respects do somewhat qualify the extreme difficulty of civil knowledge.

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sometimes counterclockwise...
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