Re: virus: Political Theory Model
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 12:58:00 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 30 Dec 1996 wrote:

> David, I think this should be directed towards you, but I'm not sure.
> I was wondering whether the CoV has any fixed points of view concerning
> politics. Unfortunately I don't have the time right now to refer to the
> website, but I shall do eventually. I had this mad idea that maybe the
> "Sociological Change" thread could begin putting together a Virian State.
> It would be interesting (IMO) to see if we can come up with a memetically
> sound system of Government (or lack of), society, and the state.
> I would like to hear people's views on this idea, as contributing to a
> political theory work is something I've always wanted to do. It doesn't
> necessarily have to be in-depth, just an outline of ideas surrounding
> freedom, equality, government and election, rights and entitlements, etc...
> Any thoughts?

This idea definitely requires virtual testing: both computer and
fictional. And other modes, as they become technologically feasible.

The usual complaint about political theory is that it is irrelevant to
how things actually work.

I suspect that any such ideas will remain less than fully defined.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd