Re: One Unity, Different Ideologies, all in the same universe

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Dec 26 2001 - 18:09:49 MST

On Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 04:36:38PM -0800, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> Kai Becker wrote:
> >
> > 3) Most of us already live in such a system. Pluralistic societies consist
> > of many different subcultures. They only share the same room, but one can
> > easily live in only one world without seeing much of the others. On a
> > higher level, the Charta of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration
> > of Human Rights and several other international conventions go exactly in
> > your direction. Unfortunately, both plans only work when everyone observes
> > the rules...
> Or the rules are given teeth and become mandatory.

Which is tremendously dangerous when the rules are bad.

Polycentric systems seem to me a much better solution than hierarchical
ones. There may be some internal conflicts and lapses, but there is
little risk of the top level forcing all other levels into a suboptimal

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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