[ExI] Effectiveness of democracy as a result of selection bias

Henrique Moraes Machado cetico.iconoclasta at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 21:34:39 UTC 2009

Dan > I disagree.  I don't think there will ever be such a thing as a 
post-scarcity society.
>As long as there are unmet wants, there will be scarcity.
>And I also disagree that statism -- whether in its democratic form or 
>something else -- 
> is necessary or inevitable either.
>I think de-legitimizing the state can happen and this can happen in variety
>of ways -- not necessarily in a purely ideological change where everyone 
>up and sees that statism really is worse than the alternatives.

Post-scarcity, in my POV at least, is not about "wants", but about "needs". 
There will allways be some degree of scarcity of something. But let´s assume 
for a moment that we succeed to solve the most basic problems which are to 
provide energy, food, health and education for just everyone. Would you 
agree that this is not anymore a scarcity society?

I know that the above scenario doesn´t seem to be attainable anytime soon, 
but if (and it´s a big if) this comes to pass, wouldn´t it eliminate at 
least one of the reasons for the existence of government and even states per 

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