Jach's personal blog

(Largely containing a mind-dump to myselves: past, present, and future)
Current favorite quote: "Supposedly smart people are weirdly ignorant of Bayes' Rule." William B Vogt, 2010

Laughing Powers

I've wondered how much it amuses those in power, the small acts the rest of us do. People preach non-violence, or violence as a last resort, and the powers snort and continue their wars. People preach full-blown unrestricted capitalism expecting money-makers to be virtuous, and the powers snort and continue to exploit and cheat. People preach against government regulation, and the powers appear to be on their side, but really they want regulation that they propose to raise the barrier to entry in the markets they control. All throughout history, people have used the government to maintain their positions of power. Then those of us who preach against the existence of government at all are branded crazies.

Without intelligence enhancement, I can't readily see a way out of this mess humanity has itself in. I don't trust us with nanotechnology one bit; we've already shown ourselves irresponsible with much lesser technology. I'm not all that keen on having humans that just think faster, either. No, a new intelligence is needed, one without the human errors built into it, to help us all see flaws even the best of us have overlooked.

Though perhaps some of these issues are simply in Gandhi Stage Two. "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Though for some I know it's not even past stage one. People continue ignoring anti-aging, anti-death information. Humans are disgusting sometimes.

Posted on 2010-03-02 by Jach

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Amaroq March 04, 2010 03:46:41 AM I think we can agree that the current government is a problem. We differ on the ideal solution. I say reduce the government's power to strictly enforcing rights, leaving an entity who has no power other than to protect us, as it's supposed to. You say eliminate government altogether. Laissez-Faire vs Anarchy.

Whatever the solution society ultimately chooses, it's obvious that our society isn't going to survive very long if our current system isn't fixed.
Jach March 04, 2010 08:47:27 AM "Laissez-Faire" means "let do", it's typically used to describe an economic system, that is capitalism, not a government one. So it's not laissez-faire vs. Anarchy. I assume you just mean it as a very minimal government, though. If you think people can be virtuous enough to survive without a government for 95% of the time, why not make the leap to 100%? There's no reason people can't protect themselves; remember, a government that protects is for benefiting the group! Be an individual and defend your own home, don't let the government do it for you!

Honestly I'd like to see an experiment with competing governments, but I'm not quite sure how that would work or even look like.
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