[ExI] Under the libertarian yoke

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Sun May 4 18:34:54 UTC 2008

Stuart writes

>> > Such an organism used on oil fields throughout the world might render them
>> > useless thus bringing the world to the point it would be in a few decades
>> any
>> > way. One could conceivably do this without violence or even without anyone
>> > knowing it had been done deliberately.

(Why should I bother fixing his line breaks anymore?
Does anyone besides me care, anyway? Did Stuart
even *think* that perhaps his email came out wrong, 
because what you see above I what we got. Check
his original email, if you don't believe me.)

>> Without violence?  Oh, you mean without the perpetrators
>> *themselves* doing any violence. You ignoring the vast
>> amount of violence that would suddenly result as millions
>> of people began to starve and most economies went under?
> Surely my rationale is no worse than that of Colt,
> Winchester, General Dynamics or any other arms
> manufacturer. "Guns don't kill people, people kill
> people" remember?

You're mixing apples and oranges. The evolution of firearms
goes back half a dozen centuries, and nobody was making
rationalizations, at least none that had the slightest effect.
It sounds like you're raving. Calm down.

Then answer my question above about just what would
begin to happen the day after you unleash your bug.

>> > Companies would have to switch to green energy because there would
>> > be no alternative.
>> And so you think that this could be quickly done without doing
>> any more harm than merely inconveniencing some people?
> No. There is no convenient way to solve this problem. The razor of natural
> selection is coming and it will take the hindmost. That will either be the oil
> industry or the rest of the world.

And you are so *sure* of what you're saying, that you would
without telling anyone, unleash your awful bug that would 
destroy so much energy?  (Please say a clear "yes" or "no".)

> All my "oil-eater bug" does is fast forward the economy fifty years without
> fast forwarding the population by fifty years putting us in the shoes of our
> children only with more hope....
> So long as the government is controlled by oil cartels, libertarians and
> socialists have a common foe. And woe to him who doesn't understand the
> evolutionary calculus of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." I have warned
> you, nothing more. Don't shoot the messenger.

Why don't you get a sign and parade the streets?

(Okay, sorry for the sarcasm.)

Stuart, you really, really need to read "The Black Swan".

And woe unto us when someone gets into power who
things he or she knows exactly what the future will hold.
What Stalin and Mao did will be nothing in comparison.


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