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7 submissions to AnarchoCapitalism

2 submissions to Clojure

This user has so far shared a total of 9 links, started a total of 0 discussions and submitted a total of 29 comments.

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5 highest rated submissions:

Piracy and the American Industrial Revolution, submitted: 8/6/2015 2:21:43 PM, 11 points (+11|-0)

The patent system: End it, don't mend it, submitted: 7/11/2015 10:43:45 PM, 10 points (+10|-0)

How the Bitcoin protocol actually works, submitted: 6/15/2015 3:00:48 AM, 8 points (+8|-0)

Next time you're told: Wages don't follow productivity growth and we need Unions, submitted: 6/8/2015 8:25:08 PM, 7 points (+8|-1)

Next time you're accused of not being a real anarchist, submitted: 5/30/2015 4:02:37 PM, 7 points (+7|-0)

5 lowest rated submissions:

A Formal Language for Analyzing Contracts, submitted: 6/4/2015 2:39:02 AM, 2 points (+2|-0)

The Myth of the Rule of Law, submitted: 8/13/2015 12:17:43 AM, 2 points (+2|-0)

"Good Enough" error handling in Clojure, submitted: 8/2/2015 10:25:54 PM, 3 points (+3|-0)

Understanding Transducers, submitted: 9/9/2015 2:24:40 AM, 4 points (+4|-0)

Next time you're told: Wages don't follow productivity growth and we need Unions, submitted: 6/8/2015 8:25:08 PM, 7 points (+8|-1)

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NASA reconsiders returning to the moon using services developed by private companies. Predicts 90% reduction in cost. submitted by Broc_Lia to AnarchoCapitalism

nefreat 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago

If you're going to start the r/Anarcho_Capitalism conspiracy stuff at least provide evidence that hasn't been debunked. If you honestly believe none of this happened please provide evidense that isn't trivially refuted with a google search. Otherwise this place will also devolve into lowest common denominator dumping ground the other place has become.

What economic constraints do you think have produced states as emergent institutions? submitted by capitalistchemist to AnarchoCapitalism

nefreat 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago

Regrettably I don't know enough game theory to put my ideas on a more sound basis but I'll give this response a shot using plain language. The mutually reinforcing underpinnings of states as I understand them:

  • Organized military
  • Ability to deficit spend
  • Psychology of tribalism

Organized military: Having the ability to conscript thousands of people who will kill on command without having to compensate them for their efforts is very advantageous. For example active duty soldiers in the US get a ridiculously low hourly wage, way worse than the 'abused' chinese laborers. If there's a large unorganized territory with fractured alliances it's susceptible to being taken over by a single determined adversary. There are many historical examples implying this fact. Often many small city states which in aggregate are much stronger than the invader state nevertheless get conquered one by one because they do not coordinate with each other.

Ability to deficit spend: A state can run massively unprofitable "investments" for decades to accomplish its goals. A good example is the Cold War where two states had (and both still do to a large extent) massive biological, chemical, nuclear and space war programs that are massively unprofitable. It would be exceedingly hard to find Venture Capital for these types of projects. If you did find VCs for such projects I think the pitch would be "How would you like to be on the ruling council of a newly formed state?"

Psychology of Tribalism: As you know nationalism (aka tribalism) is a major source of legitimacy for states. This is not so much a brainwashing thing (although there is a lot of that) it's a human thing. People like feeling that they are a part of something bigger than themselves. Most people don't have this type of mass irrational loyalty in other contexts. The second most fanatic cause that people follow at scale are professional sport teams. I doubt the vast majority of people would risk conscription/death to see their basketball/soccer/football team succeed.

For the sake of brevity I decided omit historical examples or go too deeply in how these areas mutually reinforce each other.

What's interesting is what would happen to the state structure in the absence of external threats, but I don't think that's ever happened in human history.

Newbie question regarding OOP submitted by ThePenis to programming

nefreat 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago

There is not right answer but my personal preference is: Calculator::distance and Carshop::paintjob. I like Point and Car classes to be immutable data and have functions operate on the data. In fact I think Carshop should return a new Car instance. This approach translates nicely to F#

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What economic constraints do you think have produced states as emergent institutions? submitted by capitalistchemist to AnarchoCapitalism

nefreat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Your post describes why governments might continue surviving, but it doesn't quite explain why they're so prevalent.

I think it has to largely do with tribalism, most human societies were tribes at one point or another and tribes everywhere figured out that violence is effective. Once you get legitimatized aggression (your tribe's aggression is justified the other tribe are assholes) you're pretty much a proto-state. Obviously this is my guess I am not an anthropologist and don't have in depth knowledge of early human societies.

It seems market anarchic societies have existed in the past, but we need a good theory for their non-existence in the present era, especially after the rise of capitalism.

Again this is all conjecture on my part but I believe ancient Iceland and Ireland were this way because of their challenging geography/low population density/remoteness. The reason I believe this is because the American West, when it was still a frontier (low population density/far away from east coast cities), also exhibited many anarchic qualities similar to Iceland and Ireland.

I think it would be interesting to do an AMA here with an anthropologist who specializes in ancient societies, maybe they could give us a real answer why states formed in the first place.

Crypto-cartels submitted by capitalistchemist to AnarchoCapitalism

nefreat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

It's an interesting way to bring cartels in the crypto age. While it's certainly possible to perform transactions the way you describe... why go through the trouble? I think it would be easier post today's agreed to price + today's date and have every cartel member sign it with their private key.

I don't see how cryptography changes cartel incentives. If a cartel member wants to defect and sell at a lower price I don't see anything stopping them, simply don't use the agreed upon crypto infrastructure which is exactly what a new entrant who wants to break up a cartel would do.

How the Bitcoin protocol actually works submitted by nefreat to AnarchoCapitalism

nefreat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

The original paper IMO is pretty terse (8 pages) and since I have no experience in crypto currency design I found it hard to follow. For me bitcoin 'clicked' after reading introductory tutorials meant for technical people, this one being the best of the bunch. I think capitalistchemist's link is also very good, I'm going to try and work through it when I get a chance.