[LMB] TSK - Echoes

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Wed Jul 31 23:24:23 BST 2019


On Tue, 30 Jul 2019 11:52:55 -0500, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
wrote:

>Part of the problem with even the most competent, benevolent all-powerful
>overlord is that he is a man.  He is mortal.  He will eventually die.  And
>then you roll the iron dice to see who succeeds him.  That's part of my
>problem with SM Stirling's "Chamberverse" novels (that, and I don't think
>that even Teddy Roosevelt, with the bit in his teeth and Congress 100%
>behind him, could have made all the changes we see as fast as they are said
>to have been made.).  While TR himself is a good guy, who will come after
>when he dies, to find all that power in his hands?  How long was it from
>the death of Augustus Caesar to the reign of Caligula?

And Augustus was no angel.

>On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 8:18 AM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>
>> On Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:17:21 +0000, Gwynne Powell
>> <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> >Maybe being an overlord isn't automatically evil....?
>>
>> A benevolent (and competent) dictator is the ideal form of government.
>>
>> The trick is securing both these attributes in the same person, when so
>> many lack either.
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