Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The state is power, nothing more

Yes, authority really does flow from the barrel of a gun. When the cops pull you over do what you are told. You don't actually have the right to disobey the police.

Don't let the picture below fool you. Everyone in that video earns it in some way.

"Once again, no realm can ever be too secure, just as peace is always better than war and no society can be too peaceful." —Moldbug, Patchwork 4, A reactionary theory of world peace

"Anything like a patchwork can merge into a single centralized state. It can degenerate into an asymmetric form in which one state dominates the others. It can split into two factions which fight a civil war for the world. Individual states can turn evil and try to turn others evil. Etc. History tells us that all kinds of awful stuff can happen, and probably will.

"Because of these dangers, Patchwork's philosophy of security is simple and draconian. It is built around the following axioms, which strike me as too self-evident to debate.

"First, security is a monotonic desideratum. There is no such thing as "too secure." An encryption algorithm cannot be too strong, a fence cannot be too high, a bullet cannot be too lethal.

"Second, security and liberty do not conflict. Security always wins. As Robert Peel put it, the absence of crime and disorder is the test of public safety, and in anything like the modern state the risk of private infringement on private liberties far exceeds the official of public infringement. No cop ever stole my bicycle. And this will be far more true in the Patchwork, in which realms actually compete for business on the basis of customer service." —Moldbug, Patchwork, a positive vision, (part 1)

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