In a message dated 99-09-15 14:25:57 EDT, email@example.com (Anders Sandberg) wrote:
> Now, the problem: the president and her cabinet may or may not have
This seems like a true stumper to me, because the US consititution (as are all legal structures) is premised on a fundamental notion of individual autonomy of the various actors. I happen to be reading "Quarantine" right now, so I've been thinking about this question as I read the book. It seems like your scenario would result in a fairly speedy collapse of the political order into multiple declarations of emergency by the various branches and levels of government and other, non-political institutions. Each would be claiming to uphold the "true" constitutional order. Pretty bad: I see a fairly complete breakdown of what Francis Fukuyama has correctly (IMO) identified as the REAL basis of a functional civil society; TRUST. I suppose this is a technological problem that can really only yield toa technological solution: A quick and reliable test for the "loyalty mod". This is a really good metaphor for the "Red Scare" of the 1950s in US civil society, BTW.
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