Technology and the New State of Nature

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from man.” — Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead I. The Philosophies of Nature and the State Society, social contract theorists argue, breeds security. By establishing a government, one injects some rigidity into the civic landscape. In the untamed wilds of anarchic space, man is free to transgress…

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Rule of the Status Quo

The federal government has a vested interest in preserving the standing social order. While that might be a laudable goal from a political science perspective, it’s a less desirable goal for innovators and consumers who benefit from creative destruction. Think, for a moment, about some of the routine tasks that are part of your daily life. How many of them are influenced by government action? For my own part, I awoke this morning to a…

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