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Aug. 25th, 2009 | 12:21 am

Jamis Casco has a story Paranoia is a pre-existing condition which links to two other outside views of our health-care debate.

The quick summary, Charlie Stross, thinks that America has lost any bit of mercy. Adam Greenfield thinks that the opponents of health care reform are taking advantage of an exploit in our political system, their victory condition is merely to break the reform process. They don't actually have to produce anything constructive, so they can make continuous completely irrational attacks.

I'm tempted to say we should just take a page out of Diamond Age or Snow Crash, and fragment into different polities.

We can kick the frothing the government should do nothing but give me free shit while I pretend I did it all myself out to live in their own private Hobbesian failed state. And then the people who believe that a "citizen has responsibilities to their society" can get on with building something better.

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