[extropy-chat] War Is Easy To Explain - Peace is Not
brentn at freeshell.org
Sat Mar 17 00:37:00 UTC 2007
On Mar 16, 2007, at 3:41, Thomas wrote:
> Brent, I think Neal Stephenson might agree with you. In "Diamond Age"
> the administration of justice gets carried out on solely economic
> considerations. Politics appears reduced to tribal style preferences
> and the magnitude of a crime gets judged on economy-wide consequences.
> Unproductive behavior coupled with habitual counterproductive actions
> gets judged worthy of a death sentence.
Having read both Diamond Age and Snow Crash some time back,
undoubtedly that influenced my opinion.
I think that politics, at least in the US and Europe, resembles that
tribalism that you speak of; however, I think that the primary role
of politics is a consensus institution for shaping business climate.
You buy enough influence to get what you need.
> From this view (economic stats trumping political concerns) I
> think one
> could say that waging political war might be considered a kind of
> declaration of bankruptcy.
Or following Clausewitz, war is economics by other means? :)
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