Re: The Freedom of Digital Information

From: Emlyn (onetel) (
Date: Sat Jul 29 2000 - 00:11:57 MDT

> Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> >
> > > > > You know Lee, here is a point I have never been satisfied with in
> > > > > Libertarian or free market approach. How is privately produced
> > > > > enforcable?
> > > >
> > > > With guns, just like regular law. How else?
> > >
> > > um... I supoose you are being sarcastic. Unless you are talking about
> > > kind of paid gun for hire mafia or gangbanger hit squad.
> >
> > No, I'm being as plain as I can be. Isn't that what "enforce" means?
> > Isn't that exactly what a "government" is, a generally-agreed-upon
> > gun-for-hire? Private protection systems will be no different--the
> > only difference is that there will be a market of competing ones
> > instead of a single monopoly. If you wrong me, the agency I've hired
> > to protect me will want to earn that fee by seizing you physically
> > and extracting whatever punishment its policies call for. The agency
> > /you've/ hired will want to prevent this, and the two will likely
> > negotiate a contract between themselves about how to settle the
> > dispute (which will probably involve arbitration by a private judge).
> > But the end result is just the same as it is with a monopoly
> > government--eventually, whoever is judged wrong is seized physically
> > by armed agents and fined or jailed or whatever (in a private/civil
> > system, fines and property seziures will be more common than jail time
> > because it is more economically efficient).
> >
> > This is all really basic stuff that's covered well by Friedman and
> > others, so I won't elaborate more.
> Friedman covers it all very well. I think though, that there will be far
> outright force than Lee states, mostly likely only against those who try
to O.J.
> and refuse to pay civil judgements. Private protection agencies will have
> agreements made between each other. There will likely be an industry
> or two that have standards that all members must adhere to and require of
> customers. Those individuals who don't like these standards could try to
> themselves through a 'fly-by-night' equivalent, which WOULD be goon-squad
> oriented, or else would 'go armadillo' where they are self insured.
> There may be some market pressure for conglomeration of PPAs, but without
> government imposing barriers to entry, there will always be room for
> to gain customers who are dissastified with ACME Protection Racket, Inc.

If this ever becomes a possibility, I'll be starting one of the first
companies. I can't imagine any other way to be able to sleep safe in bed at
night. Anyone here who wants in is welcome.

Protecting the innocent$.

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