Sunday, August 21, I teach a course on 1 Corinthians at the seminary, have used the commentaries you cite as textbooks, and have more familiarity with the literature generally than you do.
Posted on November 13, by Scott Alexander I. Medieval Icelandic crime victims would sell the right to pursue a perpetrator to the highest bidder.
Somali judges compete on the free market; those who give bad verdicts get a reputation that drives away future customers. Law is a public good. If you steal my gold, I have some interest in catching you and taking it back, but no more than I do in catching some other poor shmuck and taking his gold.
This is the classic situation where economists usually recommend government intervention. Maybe you live in an area like Somalia or medieval Ireland without a strong centralized government.
Gypsies living scattered in foreign countries have generally wanted to run their own communities by their own rules. But something does stop them from trying to enforce them: So the Vlach Rom — Romanian Gypsies — organize courts called kris which enforce their sentences with threat of banishment from the community.
Kris courts can declare the worst offenders polluted, ensuring their speedy ostracization from Gypsy society. And since non-Gypsies are polluted by default, the possibility of ostracism and forced integration into non-Gypsy society will seem intolerable: The effectiveness of that threat [of ostracism] depends on how easily the exiled gypsy can function outside of his community.
It follows that they are all polluted, unclean, carriers of a contagious disease, people whom no Rom in his right mind would willingly choose to associate with; when and if such association is unavoidable it must be taken with great care.
The gypsy view of gaije, reinforced by the gaije view of gypsies as uneducated and illiterate thieves and swindlers, eliminates the exit option and so empowers the kris to enforce gypsy law by the threat of exclusion from the only tolerable human society.
Amish also live under the authority of a foreign culture and have settled on a similar system, with a twist. The basic unit of Amish society is the church congregation; Amish settlements big enough to support multiple churches will have many congregations mixed together.
Amish congregations are nominally democratic, but in practice Friedman calls them dictatorship-like because everyone votes the way the bishop wants.
This makes it a rare remaining example of a polycentric legal system outside anarcho-capitalist fantasies or Too Like The Lightning: Such a system can be viewed as a competitive market for legal rules, constrained, like other competitive markets, to produce about the product that the customers want.
Competitive dictatorship is the mechanism we routinely use to control hotels and restaurants; the customers have no vote on what color the walls are painted or what is on the menu, but an absolute vote on which one they patronize.
They do encounter the same problem as the Gypsies: The Amish have some internal mechanisms to prevent this: Of course, you can still leave the Amish community and go join broader American society.
But have you seen broader American society? There were no public prosecutors; anyone who felt like it could bring a criminal to court and start prosecuting him, but if nobody felt like it then the crime remained unpunished. Prosecuting took a lot of time and money and was generally a thankless task.
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The exotic anarcho-capitalist part comes in as English civil society creates its own structures to work around these limitations.
Merchants, landowners, and other people with wealth banded together in mutual-protection-insurance-groups.We are now just past what I referred to as "the next decade" (in the original paper) wherein so much was/continues to be determined about how - and how soon - we begin this next age - or if we do - before the planet (otherwise) overhauls itself.
Reflective Comparison on Eastern Religions the other of the doctrines contained in the Vedas, the Upanishads, or the classic systems of Hindu philosophy," (Gunasekara, ).
Though there are no official sacred texts within Buddhism, Buddha himself laid the path for the religion.5/5(1). This is strikingly beautiful – one of the best I’ve read from you.
One somewhat rambling thought I took away from this post, oddly enough, is that – in the face of a potential superintelligence – the status quo is not the only alternative to trying to build a Friendly AI.
Governments around the world have lied so extensively for so long, that the majority of the public's perception of reality is (in so many cases) completely false.
A Christian mystic’s journey can be one of the most rewarding and discouraging undertakings that an individual can pursue.
Full of peaks and valleys, seduction and rejection, ecstasy and despair, marked by moments of brilliant lucidity and shadowed by whispers of madness.
The "God made me this way" argument and Peter's vision in Acts. From: Andre Sent: Wednesday, August 31, PM To: Robert Gagnon Subject: question re Christian homosexual Hello Dr.
Gagnon, Thanks so much for your website, your work and your publications and for sharing them so freely with so many.