[ExI] Tap tap..Hello? Is this thing on? (Or Zombie Apocalypse!)

Omar Rahman rahmans at me.com
Wed Oct 16 20:45:45 UTC 2013

> Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:39:16 -0700
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> 	Apocalypse!)
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> Omar, what this is really all about is far more than health care.  The
> ObamaCare law as written gives the federal government powers that appear to
> be outside the rigid bounds of the constitution.  Some are comfortable with
> that, but I am not.  They should have gotten an open-ended constitutional
> amendment first, such as our 16th amendment, which created the IRS.
> spike

Thanks Spike for the (snipped) information. I stand corrected on a few (snipped) matters.

What you said at the the end here is most interesting to me. We are reaching a point where the US might need an amendment or two to get things squared away.

The Laundry List: (In no particular order and most certainly not complete.)

1. Campaign Finance Reform

2. Defining Personhood (of special interest to us here as many might wish to become something well outside the 'working' definition) (there are a who raft of issues tied to this)

3. Normalising International Relations (abandoning the doctrine of American exceptionalism...which is to me just a thin veneer on American Imperialism)

4. Reversing Citizen's United (Does the exchange of trust tokens (ie. money) really equal speech? And are corporations really people? See issue 2.)

5. The Second amendment itself needs to be clarified/interpreted or something. (As we enter the age of desktop manufacturing.....are we allowed to have our ray guns if we build them ourselves?)

6. _______________________________ (anyone care to add to the list? add something and make a new space for the next person)

The way I look at things I see Corporations and National Governments as mostly analog versions of AI. Reforming and managing these systems are probably going to be basic survival skills for post-singularity entities of sufficient complexity.

International relations are also most interesting when view through the prism of potential post-singularity evolutionary branching of humanity. What are we do when we meet Spike vers. 7546.3.6.8? Will we recognise it as human? Will Spike vers. 7546.3.6.8 recognise Spike vers. 231.7.4 as human?

In an earlier post I postulated that Libertarianism had had it's chance in the savannahs of our deep past. And as the man said:

No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 
It tolls for thee. 

John Donne

However, what if we do reach the point where someone could bootstrap themself up into some sort of rig soaking up the sun in an asteroid belt? Perhaps then Libertarian principles would apply. 


Omar Rahman

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