} Missed the obvious: anarchy.
} Anarchy, like most other worthwhile aspects of modern life,
} (e.g., the piano, Venetian Blinds, gravity, submarines, and pizza)
} was invented by the Italians.
} Here's how they do it: they elect a government, and allow it to pass
} all the laws it pleases; then, nobody pays any attention to it.
} In that case, you ask, why bother even to have a government?
} The Italians have understood very well, thanks to their long
} history, that there are certain people in every generation who
} simply must legislate. By having a government, they are able to keep
} these people out of trouble. It is more humane than throwing them
} into the booby hatch.
} It works very well in practice. For example, when an Italian driver
} comes up to a red light, he says to himself, "I am a human being,
} and that is only a machine -- how dare it tell me to stop?", he
} looks around cautiously and proceeds through the light. Or, if he's
} in a mood, he flashes his lights to let the other drivers know
} they'd better watch out.
} As long as the driver coming in the other direction is also an
} Italian, some accomodation will be worked out that does not involve
} any dents in the machinery.
} Therein lies the weakness of the anarchic system: not all nations
} are enlightened enough to be governed in this manner, but rather
} have citizens who are trained to do what they're told instead of
} thinking for themselves.
} If the driver coming in the other direction happens to be from
} New York -- oh, I simply cannot bear even to describe the scene
} of frightful carnage that ensues.