Re: Justice and Punishment

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 4 Apr 1998 14:46:28 +0400 (MSD)

Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin writes:

> If "everybody wants the power" in the sense that they are competing
> against each other for it, they will form gangs.
> A stable anarchy would indeed make each person a government -- over a
> very small area that doesn't overlap with anybody else's very
> small area except by mutual consent. That doesn't create the
> situation of multiple governments over the same area.

Please demonstrate me the magical technology which will maintain a
long-term stable fine-grained anarchy for current, average individua
(=hick off the street). The governments and criminal organisations do
not exist because of a whim. Even if you remove them, the ecological
niche will still persist, to be filled with individuals with according
inclinations. Don't fret, predators/prey coevolve to a higher fitness.

There might be a tendency for the average person to become more
educated with time but it is slow and suffers occasional backslides --
hence virtual or physical aggregation of individua with nondefector
values may become worthwhile. Trivially but importantly IT
technologies allows e.g. more leisure time for education and more
efficient methods of teaching, implementations of tamperproof currency,
instanteous (tele and face2face) transactions, diverse agent
authentication schemes and maintaining a dealing history and thus
accelerate such a trend. Of course it assumes the ROI amplitude of above
activities to be dramatic enough not to be drowned by random noise.