reply to post by ImaFungi
Some of this I did answer; some answers more direct than others; but, I will address some of the things I did not address in the article.
"do you think if you were able to buy a country in the modern world, and set it up by your rule, and invited anyone who wanted to join, there would
be flocks of people? "
Going on the idea that buying a country were actually possible, it would be the first step to establish the persistence society with the people of
that country before entertaining the idea of gaining citizens. And, this would be a matter of setting up a strong base of morals, some constituting
documents (as I go into in the paper), a strong agricultural and health base, a strong baseline education, and a system for collecting and counting
One would hope this first step could be funded with the wealth present in the land of the country and in the voluntary labor of the people of the
country - the people that were so inclined to accept a persistence society might be also inclined to work towards its implementation.
"there would be flocks of people?"
Well, the issue here is a matter of what I call the MAPP (selfish) goal. Most people will not simply leave their country on the idea that they would
be helping a society; instead, they would need an immediate benefit to themselves or their family. So, I don't think there would be a flock at
first. Potentially if the society were successful, but the idea is that the citizenry must agree to the persistence society. I have an article on
this in the paper called something like Quality of Citizenry. And, those inclined to enter a society just for MAPP goals tend not to be the type of
citizenry I would ccare to have.
"what would you base the economy on?"
I have a article called "money" in the paper and I think this address that to an extent. Essentially, where resources go is a matter of both the
free market and direct votes. And, direct votes and yield taxes on all or a subgroup. And, the idea that a subgroup might be unjustly taxes falls in
the area of the tax being unaligned with the morals of the persistence society - which would be stated in the constituting documents.
"would you use high or low taxation, and how would you prioritize govt programs?"
Taxation would be a direct reflection of the power of taxation (how much, by who, and from who) given to a gov org by direct vote, and could be
subsequently removed by a direct vote. See my article on voting. As such, overall taxation would be a matter of how many services the gov provided
and for who they were provided and who was taxed for those services. And, the number of government services depends, among other things, on the
number of situations where the society benefits from having economies of scale provided by gov.
"would you have big or small defense/budget? "
I would imagine the defense budget would be in proportion to the threat. And, given that this would be a small island, there are certainly threats
which are impractical to defend against; so, I would say the defense budget would be small, but you should know, the defense budget would not be a
result of a government decision, but a direct vote by the citizenry.