[ExI] libertarian city - from Quora

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 21:55:21 UTC 2021

On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 2:33 PM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Under anarchism the people run the services themselves rather than have
> them imposed from above.

How is that even possible?  Unless literally everyone is involved in all
the services, which is impossible even for a few dozen people, the services
will by definition be "imposed" on anyone not running them, if they are to
work at all.

Firefighting: if your house is next to mine and on fire, then my house is
at danger of catching fire.  If I'm a firefighter and you're not, then I
"impose" my service on you to save my house.  (Or I don't, and let your
house burn to the ground, thus rendering the firefighting service

Roads: if I build a road from my house to town, it goes by your house, and
you are not otherwise involved, I have "imposed" my road upon you.

Health: pandemics don't care if you've opted in or not.  If you're infected
and you're my neighbor, you need to be treated before I get sick - and vice

Police: if you have opted not to subscribe to the protection of the law,
people are free to impose force upon you, and will do so (if they think the
police really won't protect you) regardless of your alleged rights.  It
doesn't matter how many guns you have.
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