Re: virus: Re: Virus: Sociological Change
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 14:39:29 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 13 Jan 1997, Martz wrote:

> On Mon, 13 Jan 1997, wrote:
> >=====
> >[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
> >space?"
> >
> >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?
> Hmmmmm. As most of this conjures up only very vague images to me (that's
> me saying 'I don't understand') I can't really answer. That last
> paragraph sounds very much like self-government to me though. Anarcho-
> capitalism maybe?

Actually, I didn't have any particular governmental form in mind. I was
improvising it to have traits consistent with the [authorially designed]
Iskandran Badgers' psychology. They are instinctively intolerant of
unstable governmental forms--such as anything with identifiable
persons whose assassination creates major governmental dysfunction.
This implies something anarchic [as in "not a conventional governmental

I'd like to see how Drakir interprets the above text.

Examples of such unstable governmental forms: All nations I've heard of in
the recorded history I've read.

I have no idea about whether they're capitalist or socialist. [I know
the basics for their economic system; that doesn't help.]

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