excerpts from a late night/early morning conversation with alex:
...you know, if you look at the pure forms of both democracy and communism, they want the same thing, really -- for everyone to have a part in the community they live in, to have a role and a responsibility and a place. both communism and democracy need the same conditions to exist: a citizenry that's informed and that cares about the other people who live around them.
...it's funny how over all this time all people have really wanted to be able to do is live together peacefully and prosperously, and to be able to care about one another and live to a ripe old age...and we've never been able to do it
isn't it odd how some things just jump out at you at one in the morning?