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

Rik van Riel riel at
Wed Apr 20 03:16:59 UTC 2005

On Tue, 19 Apr 2005, Brett Paatsch wrote:

> Do you think a "PostHuman era" can emerge with existing governments
> in place?
> I think technological change will change the nature of governments
> but the rate of change that is technologically possible will be greatly
> reduced by the fact of government.

I expect that government, being what it is, will just be
caught unaware by what was going on and transhumanism
will have begun before the first law is passed.

Kind of like the internet wasn't regulated until it was
in place, and still doesn't have much regulation. This
despite the fact that ITU members would love to control

"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan

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