Re: virus: Re: Virus: Sociological Change (Anarchy)

Martz (
Wed, 1 Jan 1997 11:38:39 +0000

On Tue, 31 Dec 1996, wrote:
>Yup, OK, so what you're looking for is a minimalist state, where freewill
>is the governing feature. Is that closer? Does your state have any kind of
>government or law?

Self-government and self-regulation.

>> I wouldn't even go so far as to say it *would* evolve. It is one of a
>> number of possibilities.
>Sorry, that was an error on my part. I meant to ask how your state would
>be put together, WRT to the various important parts of society (Liberty,
>Equality etc...). When this arrived on the list I realised that I'd used
>the word "evolve" when I hadn't meant to, sorry :)

No, 'evolve' was the right word. I only took issue because your phrasing
had made it sound inevitable. Your question is again posed from a
statocentric (is that a word?) viewpoint. If you think about it the very
concepts of 'putting it together', 'liberty' etc. imply the existence of
some central guiding force, which is anathema to self-regulation. A
self-regulatory state is not 'put together' by anyone. It exists or it
doesn't. The specifics of it; how people interact, who protects whose
freedoms etc. arise through transactions between individuals and can
therefore be as diverse as the members of that society. For example, I
would allocate a certain amount of money per month to pay for personal
protection, because I'm not the biggest, toughest dude on the block. You
might decide that you are well capable of looking after yourself and
keep your money. I have given up the freedom to do what I like with my
money in return for the insurance of having someone else to protect my
other freedoms.


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