RE: Nanarchy

Billy Brown (
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 15:25:35 -0600

Terry Donaghe wrote:
> Ok, I'm sick of defending capitalism and tired of showing how the
> defense of government is a defense of coercion and violence against
> the individual..
> If MT allows us to protect ourselves, gives us perfect health,
> drastically increases our education prospects, feeds us, clothes us,
> and shelters us, what use is the government?
> Those of you who still refuse to turn away from pro-government
> propoganda and see the alternatives, what will you do the day
> government becomes obsolete? Shouldn't we begin to prepare today?

Mature nanotech may make socialism a dead issue, but it doesn't solve the problem of government in general. Two parties with similar levels of nanotech can still commit violence against each other, so the same arguments about law enforcement and defense apply.

Of course, the debate is complicated by the fact that the people using the technology are likely to be Transhuman. Mature nanotech is far to complex to be designed by unenhanced minds - you first need radical intelligence enhancement, AI, or a huge breakthrough in automated engineering. Maybe people with IQ 300+ will finally be able to settle these issues.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I