A thought-game by L.A. Repucci
Okay; suppose civilization collapses. Positing the end of our current human paradigm — the sum of our economic, governmental and technological works subtracted — is a non-partisan exercise. Both ends the ideological spectrum are ever doomsday prophets, decrying an immanent collapse, undone either by means of our State or our Liberty.
‘Resources are held in Common!’ cries the socialist. ‘Property is product of my Life and Liberty’ cries the anarchist…both claim we are robbing ourselves blind. Let’s skip the part of the process where the libertarians and collectivists argue about roads and markets, and just imagine the ‘end’ is behind us all, and we (any two or more parties) survived, and are left to re-establish civilization. This proposition is essentially a ‘dropped on a deserted island’ scenario — an exercise in pure a priori, inductive inquiry.
We are left to our own devices; a natural state with no default preset values, no existing law or paper contracts, no social institution, normative or common tradition.
It’s just you, me, and the pile of radioactive rubble that previously was a long-defunct post office.
How to proceed? What rules shall we make for ourselves, and how should we best go about the process of survival?
Please, feel free to take your turn by leaving a comment — this is an open-ended invitation to engage in the process of civilization. In the interest of intellectual honesty, I would offer that it is entirely my intention to pursue a libertarian outcome, to our mutual benefit.
Game On. =)
- Ludwig Von Mises (splunkett1.wordpress.com)
- What Austrian Economics IS and What Austrian Economics Is NOT (coordinationproblem.org)
- The Value of Left-Libertarian Alliances (pileusblog.wordpress.com)