The Caffeinated Penguin

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If we didn’t have government…

Posted By on October 6, 2015

One of the common arguments opposing anarchism is “If we didn’t have the state, then X wouldn’t exist.”. The problem with this is that it’s hard to say what would have been created in the absence of social structures – except when you sometimes get a peek into what might have been.

Take GPS for existence. “If we didn’t have the state, we wouldn’t have GPS” is a fine statement, and likely true. But, what most people really use GPS for is in-vehicle navigation. For that solution, I give you the Etak Navigator. If you take that, chalk it’s failure up to being too far ahead of its time (not unlike it’s contemporary, the Newton, then fast forward to the late ’90’s and early 2000’s where the hardware has finally caught up to ambition (remember, the first iPhone was only released in 2007) and you’d likely have a viable solution.

Heck, you could even use a combination of the existing dead reckoning (accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses) and use whatever cell towers you can find to triangulate your position more accurately – no need for the tax man to steal money from people to put satellites in orbit so I can find my way to the nearest Panera…


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