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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Thursday July 1, 2004. At Steeple People thrift store, I found a pair of sport sandals which fit me -- and which were much better for walking than what I'd been wearing.

***Across Lyndale Avenue to the Wedge Co-op, where I found out that Metro Transit has reinvented the square wheel.

A while back, they changed from monthly bus passes (first day to last day of the month) to 31-day passes which start the first time you use them. The lowest-value one costs $42.

With Light Rail Transit starting, they've instituted the rail pass -- which can also be used on buses, and which costs $40. However, these are monthly passes. The kind Metro Transit upgraded from years ago.

Writing: daily exercise -- Done:

Some Political Definitions

Anarcho-capitalism. In current US terms, most easily described as Libertarianism without any government at all -- rather than the minimal government the Libertarian Party calls for.

Anarcho-socialism. Socialism without government. The means of production, etc. are owned directly by the people collectively. They are not owned by the state as a representative of the people, nor is there a state which sets production quotas etc. for collectively-owned enterprises.

In science fiction, used in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed. (Le Guin's anarchist society has what looks to me like a government.)

Functional constituency. A "district" (ward, riding) which consists of the people in a certain group. For example, Hong Kong's Legislative Council has (among others) a representative of the hotel industry and a representative for Christians.

In science fiction, functional constituencies are used in C. J. Cherryh's novel
Cyteen. Cherryh does not present this as a practical system; it was designed by idealists. (-"Idealist: one who believes that because a rose smells better than a cabbage, it will make better soup."-)

Kleptocracy. Government by thieves. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a system of government which called itself a kleptocracy.

Minarchist. Someone who advocates having what they consider to be the absolute necessary minimum of government. Term coined by Samuel Konkin III (who was an anarcho-capitalist.)

In science fiction, see Rudyard Kipling's short story "As Easy as A.B.C.". It's not the most recent; but like most utopian and dystopian fiction, minarchist fiction tends to be dreadful.

State society. A society in which there's a government which 1) has power within clearly-defined geographical borders; 2) has a monopoly on violence within its borders. "State" is what we usually think of when we think of government, nation, or country.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- Some tweaking in both the zero draft and first draft portions.

"They Might Be Windmills" --

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