[extropy-chat] Does international law exist and is it in theinterests of US citizens?

Brian Lee brian_a_lee at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 16 15:02:08 UTC 2004

Most laws are established by an authority. The problem with international 
law is that there is no one willing to threaten enforcement.

International law reminds me of some of the "futuristic anarchy" discussions 
I've seen because it involves willing participation by without the threat of 
an authority forcing adherence to the law.

I don't see the US signing up for any international law program because it 
doesn't benefit. If you take a look at stuff like WTO and NAFTA then that's 
more likely the only international law that will hold any power.


>From: "Brett Paatsch" <bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au>
>To: "ExI chat list" <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
>Subject: [extropy-chat] Does international law exist and is it in 
>theinterests of US citizens?
>Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 12:23:33 +1000
>Good to see you posting again John.
>Do you think that international law exists? I do although I think it is 
>farcical at present because not enough people in the US (the world's most 
>powerful nation state) see that it is in their personal selfish interest.  
>If I recall you used to argue that the only laws were scientific ones. 
>Which made me wonder about you views on contract law.
>If you do, do you think the development of perhaps some minimal level of 
>international law is in your personal interest?
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