A Truly Free Society

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:21:08 GMT  <== RKBA ==> 

I wrote the following in a Facebook thread started by Steve Kubby, with the famous Adolf Hitler quote below. Some of the participants (NOT Steve Kubby) were talking about the efficacy of New Jersey's gun laws.

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so." -- Adolf Hitler, April 11 1942

You guys have grown so accustomed to your chains that you don't even notice them any more. Let me tell you how things would work in a truly free society.

My 14-year-old daughter could log in to amazon.com, order a fully-automatic M-16, with a pretty pink stock, and 1,000 rounds of ammo, pay with 30 GoldGrams of untraceable digital cash, and direct them to deliver via her favorite delivery company. Amazon would not know her name or her address. They would only know the shipping company and the shipment number. She would have arranged the shipment independently, paying again with untraceable digital cash.

Then my daughter could go to the health food store, weigh out an ounce of her father's favorite cannabis strain, and pay for it with a quarter-ounce silver coin. On the way out she could stop at the pharmacy counter, ask for 100 tenth-gram morphine pills to help her grandmother with the pain of her recent broken hip, and pay for it with a one-ounce silver coin. At no point would anyone ask for her age, ID, or prescription. If you mentioned such a thing to any of them, they'd stare at you like you were crazy, and likely put their hands on their guns.

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Ahh, but this scenario

Submitted by grog on Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:18:07 GMT

Ahh, but this scenario relies on excellent business practices, practicality, trust, personal accountability and reality.

I'll suggest that 50% of the adult population would have difficulty in adapting to the environment as described above, primarily due to the "me" syndrome, which includes a host of descriptors such as selfishness and ego.

Would society adjust to this in reflection of what used to be the standard for decent living? The future will be what it is, and if more individuals than not were to choose integrity, self reliance and discretion this could be accomplished. The adjustment would be "interesting", but when have such adjustments been easy?


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That would be a great way to

Submitted by Thad on Mon, 17 Jan 2011 02:06:22 GMT

That would be a great way to live. I vaguley remember a society like that when I was a child......

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This scenario

Submitted by feralfae on Mon, 17 Jan 2011 05:27:02 GMT

Yes, Grog: in that new society, humans will live and learn, or they won't live long. Sure, there may be some rough times, and those who are power-damaged won't make it through the mental transition, but some will, and life will be better.

.... and, Bill?
My kind of society; thank you for the image. It will not be a return to innocence: it will be a human species advance toward rationality.

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Thanks to Neil and Vin

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:38:24 GMT

The image I painted above is mostly an echo of L. Neil Smith and Vin Suprynowicz. They've painted similar images in their books.

In the Amazon example, my daughter would probably not pay Amazon directly. She'd pay an escrow service. Amazon would get their money when a chain of digital signatures proved delivery. Fraud by Amazon or the delivery company would get them delisted with the escrow service until they made good. Fraud by the escrow service could destroy their business overnight.

Of course, it wouldn't be all roses. Crime would still exist. It just wouldn't be as massively organized as the world's current governments.

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Submitted by Heuristic on Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:22:18 GMT

"how things would work"

Would.. if what?

No-one cares about your fantasies or those of L. Neil Smith or the rest.

Do or die.

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Vision required

Submitted by on Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:34:09 GMT

If you have no vision of where you want to go, there's no way you're ever going to get there. But you're right. You have to build the world you want to live in. I've written Truledger and am helping to create an alternative to the global banking system. What are you doing?

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