Sunday, March 28, 2010

Governor Moonbeam

Former California governor Jerry Brown is running to reclaim his old office in 2010.  This should be an interesting race because Mr. Brown has a well-known penchant for abstract philosophy.  Some select quotes:

"Adaptation is the essence of evolution.  And those who don't adapt go extinct"

“Action and contemplation joined together, is what I would call the highest path that we can follow.”

"Inaction may be the biggest form of inaction."

“The reason that everybody likes planning is that nobody has to do anything.”

“This lawsuit is part of a broader effort to realign economic and industrial activity with ecological constraints,”

"I like computers. I like the Internet. It's a tool that can be used. But don't be misled into thinking that these technologies are anything other than aspects of a degenerate economic system."

Excerpt from a recent interview:
Over the years, you have moved from being a fabled liberal to a centrist position.
Brown: I don’t know. I don’t use that spatial metaphor.
Then how would you describe yourself politically?
Brown: I’m very independent. There’s a great line from Friedrich Nietzsche: A thinking man can never be a party man.

And yes, he's the front-runner.

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