Re: Property and the Law, and is it a priority?

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 02:45:57 MDT

On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 03:47:03PM +1000, Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 12:13 PM 7/29/01 -0400, Mike Lorrey wrote:
> >In a properly libertarian society, any individual with
> >the cash can buy or make a nuclear weapon, or any other weapon.
> Bravo! A one-sentence pragmatic *reductio ad absurdum* of the concept of `a
> properly libertarian society'.

Of course, in a "properly libertarian society" the power of nuclear
weapons is insignificant compared to litigation. Nuke your neighbor and
you will be reduced to legal plasma in the ensuing court battles.

(On the libertarian/transhumanist planet in one of my sf settings the
very rich had weapons of mass destruction as status symbols - it showed
that they could afford the insurance premiums of them)

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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