A comment on government and slavery

Government is Slavery

[ 24/January/22 ]

That is an over simplification that is dangerous.

While I agree that any form of despotic government that attempts to control all aspects of life is slavery, and that there are very real senses in which the current economic system is a modern form of slavery, there is another sense in which the real role of government is that of an eternal quest to find the best approximation to the real limits required for the continued existence of life and liberty.

Liberty without responsibility necessarily self terminates.

Any form of all out competition is also necessarily destructive.

And reality seems to contain sufficient complexity and uncertainty that we will need eternal search at the boundaries to maintain as much security as is reasonably possible.

When dealing with multiple levels of understanding of the multiple levels of systems present, that becomes a very difficult problem, and some form of government that is committed to the maximum degrees of security and liberty within what appear to be necessary constraints for long term survival does seem to be required.

And there does seem to be eternal room for discussion around the nature of liberty at those boundaries. What responsibility looks like in those discussions will be an eternally evolving and multi-leveled set of considerations.

Any attempts to over simplify this reality also seem to necessarily lead to destruction.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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