Re: Justice and Punishment

Alejandro Dubrovsky (
Fri, 3 Apr 1998 04:15:24 +1000 (GMT+1000)

On Wed, 1 Apr 1998, Michael Lorrey wrote:

> 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,
That depends on the size of the PPA. You could say that the nation state
is not in a monopoly position since there are, approximately, another 200
nations "available". If the PPA hits some critical size level, it could
be just as controlling as a nation state

> b) a PPA's client should have an ability to choose
> among various services, and only have to pay for the ones desired, and

And that ability, or right, is backed by who but your own PPA?

> 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.
They would do this if 1) they can get you out of your own PPA's control,
and 2) It is profitable for them to do so.
Alejandro Dubrovsky