[ExI] Serfdom and libertarian critiques (Was: Call to Libertarians)

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Fri Mar 4 03:42:41 UTC 2011

On Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 6:33 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 08:33:11PM -0500, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:
>> ### But public transport, especially zero fare, as well as universal
>> (I presume you mean "free") health care are highly inefficient as a
>> way of apportioning resources - and of course, provision of services
>> by a public (i.e. monopolistic, non-accountable) authority is also
>> highly inefficient. You are very unlikely to get a good deal if it's
>> offered as something you cannot refuse.
>> The key to efficiency in fulfilling human desires within a social
>> structure are the twin abilities to freely make and refuse offers.
> The problem with decentral equality assumption is that it isn't
> true. As long as there's not bottom-up diagnostics and early
> response going on everywhere, all the time, you'll get autochthonous
> emergence of centralist structures which will soon have an edge over
> grass-root systems.
> After a while, the result is something very closely resembling
> what we have. Which is definitely not what we want.

### You are correct, as long as the nodes are not aware of the overall
topology and refuse connections to emerging centralist structures
(i.e. don't know or don't care about the polycentric nature of their
society), it is likely to degenerate into what we have now.

Is that an argument against decentralized societies or an argument for
modifying yourself during uploading to support participation in a
decentralized society? You decide.


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