Re: Property Rights

Anders Sandberg (
26 May 1999 17:59:55 +0200

"Michael S. Lorrey" <> writes:

> Billy Brown wrote:
> > O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:
> > > What do you call a society of borganisms?
> >
> > Each borganism has its own consciousness, and would therefore act like a
> > single individual with many bodies. The details of such a society would be
> > very different from anything we've seen before, but the basic questions
> > about how resources are to be controlled would remain. Thus, a society of
> > borganisms could use anything from a pure free market to absolute
> > collectivism.
> Which begs the question: would a borganism entirely made up of
> individualists be schizophrenic or have multiple personality disorder?

"We are all following our own free will in this."
"No, we're not!"
"Silent, collectivist!" 


Actually, I think you can be a healthy borganism of individualists, the trick is only to make the good for the individuals identical with the good of the group. I guess the Web in _EarthWeb_ is a bit like this: a lot of independent, individual people acting as a group mind for their own and the world's profit.

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