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Comment Re:Huzza for those responsible. (Score 1) 365

If you haven't , read the Dune series(originally written by Frank Herbert). He's got some pretty good ideas about societies, goverments and laws.
Here's a quote from "Chapterhouse Dune":
"Laws must always be interpreted. The law-bound want no latitude for compassion. No elbow room. 'The law is the law!"'
"It is!" Very defensive.
"That's a dangerous idea, especially for the innocent. People know this instinctively and resent such laws. Little things are done, often unconsciously, to hamstring 'the law' and those who deal in that nonsense."
"How dare you call it nonsense?" Half rising from her chair and sinking back.
"Oh, yes. And the law, personified by all whose livelihoods depend on it, becomes resentful hearing words such as mine."
"Rightly so, witch!" But she doesn't tell you to be silent.
" 'More law!' you say. 'We need more law!' So you make new instruments of non- compassion and, incidentally, new niches of employment for those who feed on the system."
"That's the way it's always been and always will be."
"Wrong again. It's a rondo. It rolls and rolls until it injures the wrong person or the wrong group. Then you get anarchy. Chaos." See her jump? "Rebels, terrorists, increasing outbursts of raging violence. A jihad! And all because you created something nonhuman."

Tl; dr: laws cannot be depended on to bring justice.

Comment Rebuilding civilization. (Score 1) 239

Something like this memory could, for example, hold the data of all mankind's science, history and so forth, with gradual ways of relaying information to people surviving any major catastrophe that could happen(nuclear winter, ice age, asteroid crash et cetera). Or some alien civilization could pick up some details of why this planet is so f*cked up long time after the mankind is gone. The point is, for someone this data will matter. Even from a historical point of view.

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