February 27, 2007

Ten on an Island


This format of "Ten on an Island" will be the basis of a series of questions to come in order to develop a possible political/governmental upgrade from western democracy. The premise is that there are ten people on an island, they are a sovereign nation, and they are trying to determine how to best govern themselves.

Question #1: One of these ten is a religious extremist who believes that a refusal to believe in his god deserves death. His publicly spoken goal is to to destroy the unbelievers, and is actively pursuing this goal. As the 9, what do you do?

8 comments:

Brent said...

What resources are available on the island?

Sabai said...

good question, and there will be probably be a lot more like this as we continue. For these purposes, let's stick more with your thought and not your specific idea.

Arcane Rest said...

Kill the one guy....democracy with the 9

Sabai said...

so, by that logic, does that mean that we should currently kill every person in the world who is trying to kill "unbelievers" in the name of their god?

Arcane Rest said...

yes

Sabai said...

your brevity smells of sarcasm.

Arcane Rest said...

brevity is the soul of wit

Arcane Rest said...

long and short of it: this person is an extremist, it seems that extremists ruin everything good in the world. There is a big difference between passionate and extreme. So dealing with this extremist has to be done so in an extreme manner.

The mere fact that he is "actively pursing this goal" of "destroy(ing) the unbelievers" is a matter that must be delt with immediately. The 9 people must subdue this one. He cannot be the control of the island. I guess you would have to imprison him and work on trying to make his transition from extremism to passionate.