Re: POL: Extropianism and Politics

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 05 Apr 1999 15:06:23 -0400

Darin Sunley wrote:

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> >
> > writes:
> >
> > > Ah, Benevolent Despotism....
> [snip]
> The problem is almost never the benevolent despots. The problem is
> usually the spoiled brat children/ambitious courtiers who end up
> succeeding them.
> Solutions to this problem usually involve randomizing/putting to a
> referendum the choice of who succeeds who, and then you're right back to
> the Canadian system of "elected absolute despot who gets turfed from
> office every couple of years".

Better yet, do an IPO, selling stock in the government corporation, and let the new board of directors deal with the succession...question: How much could a corporation with $6 trillion in debts get for its stock? Would they have to go with junk bonds?

Mike Lorrey