RE: POL: Extropianism and Politics
Mon, 22 Mar 1999 06:00:30 -0800 (PST)

Billy Brown [] wrote:
>One simple way to slow this process down is to reduce the forces that work
>to make government grow.
>A second approach, which has never actually been attempted to my knowledge,
>is to install active measures designed to roll back trespasses and encourage
>deference to the constitution.
>A third option, and IMO by far the most important, is simply to make sure
>that the populace wants a limited government.

Personally I prefer the fourth option: if government inevitably grows into a hideous monstrosity, then government is by nature bad and we should get rid of it. And given the kind of power than the technologies we discuss on this list would give to individuals, I have a hard time understanding why anyone would even consider that government will be a possibility for much longer. Even today, a small group of irate tax-payers could wipe out most of DC for a few million dollars; in a couple of decades, an individual should be able to do it as a project for a boring winter's evening.