Re: virus: Re: Virus: Sociological Change
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 01:06:11 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 24 Dec 1996, Martz wrote:

> "Wade T.Smith" <> writes
> >an-ar-chy n.
> >1. Absence of any form of political authority.
> >2. Political disorder and confusion.
> >3. Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or
> >purpose.
> >Noun: A lack of civil order or peace. disorder, lawlessness, misrule.
> Thanks for that Wade. Of the three definitions, #1 most accurately
> describes the concept I am trying to portray. That seems to exclude 2
> but #3 is also applicable. Of the nouns, only lawlessness sits
> comfortably, the rest are states which are usually assumed to follow
> from this lack of regulation.

I'm glad I took time to read to the 26th or so before responding to the
definition thread.

I see that what I've abstracted [for an anarchic-style government]
excludes the above definition of anarchy *entirely*.

[Well, what did I expect a government to do?]

[fiction writer run amok]

David Kanner: "Is there anything about this case that seems obvious to
you, but that the media have overlooked?"

Tharlis Elgalvo: "Yes. I've heard several labels for the terrorists
responsible for the destruction of the HealthySweet warehouses. I
haven't heard any ethical labels. 'Anti-war' is particularly
appropriate. I know this would not hold in a human court, but play along
with me for a moment."

D. Kanner: "That's absurd." [pause] "Wait a minute. You're an
Iskandran Badger, not a human. How would this scenario work in Iskandran

T. Elgalvo: [Brushes his right eyestripe with his left hand.] "It
wouldn't exist. The manufacturing process uses a species-specific nerve
poison. The Resourcearchists wouldn't tolerate such an incompetent
process, no matter how cheap it was. The Genetarchists are even
worse--attacking their charges isn't a good idea. If the
Resourcearchists' cutting utilities doesn't work, there's always some
Genetarchist or Sciarchist branch who'd jump at the chance to test
experimental weapons in the field."

D. Kanner: "Let me get this straight. This manufacturing process is
illegal in Iskandran space."

T. Elgalvo: "No. There's no rules or laws against it."

D. Kanner: "WHAT?"

T. Elgalvo: [sighs] [starts talking calmly] "Look, it's very simple. The
reactions I mentioned are devoted towards the interests of the above
Archies. The Resourcearchists survive by providing basic services, and the
Genetarchists survive by apply eugenics to Iskandrans. *Both* of these
are antagonized by practicing chemical warfare on the general public!"
[Tharlis' fur is now flared. He is very relaxed.]


What form of government did I describe, above?

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