A perfect tyranny? Isn't it rather an ideal anarchy with a bunch of (supposedly) superhuman intelligences around who are individualistic and eccentric to the point of needing to be herded around like cats in order to get them do something. And with much the same results too, as Excession, for one, demonstrates.
Originally Posted by marsbug
Well, I suppose sometimes it comes down to that "you can get more with a kind word and a two-by-four, than you can with just a kind word". That said, the Culture as a whole, in most cases, appears to be either remarkably reticient or just plain lazy in actually applying the two-by-four or even brandishing it.
Remember the emissary from the Culture isn't the attractive woman talking to you, it's the heavily armed knife missile floating over her shoulder
The dog, the dog, he's at it again!