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Comment Re:No (Score 5, Interesting) 538

For as long as communities have existed, there has been evidence of bartering.

This turns out to be untrue. Before the invention of money most systems seem to have been based on a gift economy, not barter. In fact debt, accountancy, and later money, were invented as a way of keeping track of the gift economy.

Barter tends to come into existence as when money collapses, it post-dates, not pre-dates money.

Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1) 364

So you're in favour of making it impossible to modify the constitution -- anyone who would modify it is unable to vote.

But of course the constitution itself includes the mechanisms for amendment, which you want to make impossible to use, so you would not have the right to vote under this system.

Comment But it is. (Score 1) 364

Or, rather it's based on a story that's based on a true story.

Robinson Crusoe.

Damn, but they knew how to do spoilers back then, the original was published as:

The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates.

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