Re: A Challenge To All Extropians

J. R. Molloy (
Sat, 2 May 1998 11:29:40 -0700

From: Paul Hughes <>
>Yes, but most of them are *not* in the
legislative branch and therefore
>cannot directly effect policy- they are
bureaucrats and therfore do not
>*represent* me.

They may not *represent* you, but they
carry out the policies of those who do
claim to represent you. If what you
object to relates to the fact that a few
people make decisions for many others,
or have a disproportionate amount of
money to carry on with programs, I
suggest that the amount of wealth people
have at their disposal ought to reflect
the amount of competence that they bring
to deciding how to use that wealth. This
actually seems to be the case in most
instances, except where people inherit
money from others. But then, if someone
wants to bequeath a fortune to us, will
we make sure that the money gets evenly
distributed throughout our community? I
don't think so. We might decide instead
to invest in nanotechnology, cryonics,
or super-AI.