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1  General Category / General Discussion / Is the State inevitable? on: February 03, 2011, 01:49:13 PM
I was thinking yesterday about private courts replacing statutory law and ran into this idea:  Suppose I am an egalitarian and believe it is unfair for some people to have more money than others, so I take my neighbor to court to try to get some of his cash.  What would determine the outcome?  Of course, the outcome would be determined by a judge, jury, or some similar arrangement.  But what if that jury also believed in egalitarianism?  Then the defendent would be forced to hand me the money or else suffer some consequences.  In fact, if the jury thought it would be OK to kill him if he did not fork over the cash, then he might even be killed.

My point is that a "State-like" (oppressive, coercive, violent) situation can arise without a formal State, if only the majority of the people abandon reason.

The question is, is such an oppressive condition inevitable?  Does it naturally arise periodically as cultures meander through various guiding philosophies?  Is it inhernet in human nature that there will always be a majority willing to plunder each other?

Any thoughts?
2  General Category / General Discussion / Bypassing the "kill switch" on: January 31, 2011, 08:19:25 AM
Does anybody have any thoughts on a kill-switch-proof internet.  I have been looking at articles like this:  http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Communicate_if_Your_Government_Shuts_Off_Your_Internet

and...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/218155/get_internet_access_when_your_government_shuts_it_down.html

Any thoughts on these?

It seems like the Ham radio-type solution is most promising (the "packet radio" approach), but I'm no expert.  I guess that would mean getting a Ham radio *ugh* permit.
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