Small government was Re: [extropy-chat] EMP Attack?

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at
Tue Apr 19 04:36:06 UTC 2005

--- Joseph Bloch <jbloch at> wrote:

> 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.

You want to succeed at what? Socialist/statist transhumanism will
clearly result in a Borg society that makes the world of Orwell seem
like a paradise in comparison. We only have 30 years to devolve the
governments that exist enough to prevent this from happening.
Continuing to think that government is needed in this age will only
perpetuate the fear, greed, and evil that has held up progress to date.

So what do you intend to succeed at? Becoming a Ruling Party Member? Be
a member of the Inner Party, so you get to decide who goes off to the
disassembly plants or reeducation camps? Do you intend to be the
dictator who decides who gets uploaded or not?

What is needed right now are people intent on devolving government, and
learning how to be sovereign individuals in everything they do.

Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 

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