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

Rik van Riel riel at
Thu Apr 21 02:46:09 UTC 2005

On Tue, 19 Apr 2005, Mike Lorrey wrote:

> I still believe that the US federal government is going to become
> either an absolute dictatorship, followed by a revolution, or collapse
> like the USSR, within 4-10 years.

The power of governments worldwide has already been eroded,
with much of the real power going to companies and lobbyists.
Some of the power has even gone to the people, with the
internet making things possible that would have been unthinkable
20 years ago.

I suspect the economic power that companies have will drag many
of the other powers with it.

When it comes to some subjects, the government already seems to
have been reduced to a playing board for lobbyists from both
sides to play out their game - without government itself having
much influence at all.

"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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