Small government was Re: [extropy-chat] EMP Attack?
jbloch at humanenhancement.com
Tue Apr 19 01:25:27 UTC 2005
Adrian Tymes wrote:
>One can't defeat government on one's own.
I think that's the problem right there; the idea that government is
something to be "defeated".
With all due apologies to the ultra-libertarians who are known to
inhabit this list, I believe government has legitimate functions beyond
enforcing contracts and national defense (at least until the advent of
the PostHuman era, when every individual could and will have the
capabilities of a modern nation in terms of defense and production), and
from a practical standpoint the view is even grimmer (libertarians
habitually get under 3% of the votes in most places in the USA, and I
daresay the fact that there are outright socialist governments in other
parts of the world points to the lack of libertarian success overseas).
Would I like less government? Sure. Would I like to pay less taxes to
fund less government? Of course. Do I want to "defeat government"? Nope,
and people who do are either anarchists, whackos, or (most likely) both.
And they most certainly won't succeed.
And I want to succeed. If we don't, we're toast.
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