Re: ULE: covert vs overt

From: Michael Wiik (
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 16:34:20 MDT

Anders Sandberg writes:
> > I have an impression that such bottom-up solutions would work much
> > better in Scandinavia than the U.S.
> Why? Sweden at least is the epitome of the idea "strong government is
> the solution to every problem" - Ingvar Carlsson (a former prime
> minister) once said that the realm of politics stops at the color of
> your couch. Everything more important than that is political and hence
> implicitely in the realm of government regulation. This is not just
> empty words either.
> In fact, the US is *far* more likely to be the first place where
> distributed private solutions to technology management problems can be
> tried.

It was a hasty comparison between what I've observed about people's
interest in their communities in Norway vs USA (I'm norwegian myself).

After we've had a few major nanotech terrorist disasters, I'm sure
there'll be a market for services to protect oneself from such. But,
maybe that would be too late. I get the impression Scandinavians like
and trust their governments more than Americans, though I could be


Michael Wiik
Messagenet Communications Research
Washington DC Area Internet and WWW Consultants

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