Re: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

From: phil osborn (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 22:09:05 MDT

>From: KPJ <>
>Subject: Re: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?
>Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 07:39:36 +0200 As I pointed out,
>anarcho-capitalism works _less_ well outside an anacho-capitalistic
>society. And I cannot se any such around anywhere at the moment. So...
>So how to create an anarcho-capitalistic society? Suggestions, please.

Well, the usual agorist approach has been to say that virtually all evil
resides in the state and since it is also totally irrational, then it
naturally has to fall to pieces the day before yesterday... So, as you can
see, logic dictates that we must already be there... ;)

A lot of people in the radical libertarian movement essentially lived their
lives on the above premises for a LONG time. Surprise! The state is still
here and prospering.

As Spencer MacCallum discusses in his seminal "The Art of Community," the
state arose because we lacked the conceptual technology to do better. When
the irrigation in the Tigris/Euphrates valley started seriously impinging
upon the cities downstream, there was no technology of property and title
and conflict resolution between sovereigns. Those people followed formulas
- just as Stephenon described in "Snow Crash." When reality exceeded the
scope of the formulas, you did the best you could. So we ended up with the
Sumerian Empire and the Code of Hammurabi.

Now we have a LOT better social/economic technology. Now we can retrofit
that technology and innovate new solutions - such as a universal social
contract - that will outclass the primitive might-makes-right state and
ultimately defeat it.

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