Re: Extropian Statement??
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 12:42:38 -0700

Terry Donaghe asks:
>Would yall consider this to be an Extropian statement or philosophy?

>"I do not advocate the initiation of force to promote social or
>political goals."

Since it's essentially an affirmation of spontaneous order, I'd say it's a very Extropian statement. I reaffirm it each time I renew my LP membership. To me it's one of the simplest and most profound expressions ever penned of what it means to be civilized.

>I think that most Americans (regardless of political affiliation)
>would agree with this statement on first reading, but if you read
>between the lines, it pretty much precludes government in general.

Yeah, wouldn't it be great if the majority of people agreed with it, realizing its full implications? Our struggle against hegemony would be won practically overnight.

As I see it, our task is basically to prod people into thinking through what their common sense tells them.