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On Sat, 15 Jul 2000, Danny Wier wrote:

> (ruled by a pseudo-theocratic dictatorship modeled after Calvin's
> Geneva, Cromwell's Britain or Salem, Massachusetts),

Cromwell's Britain doesn't belong on this list: although definitely
intolerant of Catholics (like all other British regimes from Henry VIII
until modern times), it was no theocratic dictatorship.  It was extremely
tolerant of freethinking (called Independency in those days): Quakers and
Jews, among others, were for the first time free of persecution.
Cromwell, indeed, was famous for his reply to a bunch of would-be
theocrats:  "Bethink ye, bethink ye, in the bowels of Christ
[i.e. in compassion, the bowels being the seat of compassion],
that ye *might* be mistaken!"

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John Cowan                                   [log in to unmask]
C'est la` pourtant que se livre le sens du dire, de ce que, s'y conjuguant
le nyania qui bruit des sexes en compagnie, il supplee a ce qu'entre eux,
de rapport nyait pas.               -- Jacques Lacan, "L'Etourdit"