Re: virus: Virus: Sociological Change
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 10:03:22 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 2 Dec 1996 wrote:

> Lior wrote:
> > > > *Is there a format for society where change is easily obtainable if the people want it?
> > >
> > > Anarcho-capitalism.
> >
> > Anarchy's good. What Drakir asks is actually whether we can create a
> > functional society. Well yes. Almost. Once the tribal social structre
> > <see Morris, Desmond> is satisfied, you can build an utterly functional
> > society. I once developed a model for such a society, but it's too late
> > to phrase it here.
> That is exactly what I'm asking, yes! I studied politics for 2 years, and
> we looked at a number of theories about different parts of society, ie Freedom,
> Equality, government, democracy, etc...
> I have, all that time, not heard a convincing theory that totally covers
> all aspects of the state, and makes them so that there is little to criticize.
> I really do wonder if there is such a thing as a "perfect" state.

Under very mild assumptions, a "perfect democracy" is mathematically
impossible. This result dates from the 1950's. The problem is that at
large scales, "<" := "preference" fails to satisfy transitivity: a<b AND
b<c does NOT imply a<c!


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