Re: Justice and Punishment

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 01 Apr 1998 16:50:34 -0500

Alejandro Dubrovsky wrote:

> so a billionaire's whim would be much more powerful than any "standard"
> indivual's greatest desire. What would stop someone like Bill Gates from
> doing what he will with 10000000 Indians? Not to mention that most
> people's wieldable money (spare money?) is much less than 2% of a rich
> person's spare money. Also, what's the difference between a large PPA and
> a standard nation state, in which you pay taxes to be protected?
> What will protect you from your own PPA?
> chau
> Alejandro Dubrovsky

The prime difference between a PPA and a nation state is that a) a PPA isnt in a
monopoly position enforced by overwhelming force of arms, as a nation state is, b)
a PPA's client should have an ability to choose among various services, and only
have to pay for the ones desired, and c) if your PPA provides poor service, or
abuses its customers, its competitors should be able to acquire that PPA's
customers as they so choose.

So its basically a difference of being a free market of politics and being a
monopoly dictator.