1993-11-08 - Re: Private and Public

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <pmetzger@lehman.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1993-11-08 18:18:23 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 8 Nov 93 10:18:23 PST

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <pmetzger@lehman.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 93 10:18:23 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Private and Public
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Arthur Chandler says:
>   Right now, there seems to be a kind of social contract between us and 
> the government: it protects us, provides free schools, etc etc, in 
> exchange for which we have to pony up a fair share of our earnings. It 
> follows, doesn't it, that the government has a right to enforce its laws 
> saying that everyone must pay that fair share of taxes?

You are asking a political, not a technical, question. Personally, I
don't believe there is such a thing as a social contract -- I never
signed anything, and from what I can tell the terms on the social
contract are ones I would never have accepted. I would be happy to
purchase what the goverment give me on the open market -- I see no
need for government to be involved in mail delivery or garbage
collection or schools or any of the other things it runs -- from what
I can tell all it touches turns to crap.

However, this entire topic belongs on places like talk.politics.misc,
not cypherpunks. I would suggest that it be conducted elsewhere.