Worst Oz international lefty blog ideas ever?
Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-06-18
…Perhaps, and it’s mine – indeed this very post.
If a central plank generally attributed to states (law enforcement) can be essentially a competitive industry (with presumably different prices offered by different suppliers for different services), then why not open the rest to competition?
(It might be difficult to get parties in a dispute agreeing on the judge, however! And who says politicians can’t be bought?)
Why not even let people choose the nation-state they want citizenship in? Change their brand loyalties without friction as service offeerings change? After all, in a globalized market, with states seen as service providers, why shouldn’t this service be subject to competition and GATT? The geographic restraint of trade is ridiculous and totally against free-market principles.
Meanwhile, think of the advantages. States can get taxes from people according to their service offerings. The more efficient the state, the more citizens (sorry, customers) they will attract.
On top of this, warfare between states (sorry, service providers) that destroys infrastructure is almost inconceivable. There’s an efficiency gain straight away!
Besides, I can’t wait to watch what happens in those states that ultra-capitalists join: no rules… no taxes… no state.
Further, why should there be any barriers to new entries into the market?
Oh dear, does this libertarian train of thought lead to virtual distributed communes?
The only real problem with this system is the difficulty of finding place to train your national sports teams. Bummer – there’s the showstopper.
Despite that, I hereby create Balneusia – with me as President until I gather enough citizens to form a governing council. Any funds sent to the Balneusian Treasury from citizens are simply movements within the Balneusian state, so are not subject to controls and taxes of other states.
I’ll be issuing a detailed prospectus for those interested in becoming citizens shortly, but here are a few of the initial bits of legislation I’ll be passing:
- No Collingwood Football Club supporters are accepted as citizens, and change of allegiance to that club with be deemed treason, with the criminal condemned to watch replays of every match Collingwood ever lost, and given that treason precludes the right to any electoral activity, you cannot change states again. (There, that’ll get Balneusia a pretty big citizenship base, especially in South-Western Victoria).
- While money transfers from other states into Balneusia are permitted, only the state can use those funds, and only for purchase of essential goods from other states.
- The only medium of exchange between citizens is work – hours are banked in the Balneusian National Repository according to ability, and distributed according to need.
- All citizens (subject to cognitive tests) will be required to vote on every piece of legislation, with regulation development modelled on the procedures used by the Internet Engineering Task Force and the World Wide Web Consortium for standards development and ratification. (The penalty for not voting on a piece of legislation is to be forced to watch a replay of every Collingwood grand final victory – or listen to a playlist of songs alternating between Celine Dion and whatever death metal band I get told the name of first if the criminal is not into Aussie Rules Football.)
- All real estate purchased or leased from other states is common property, and will be considered a consulate.
- Citizenship is automatically granted to all anthropoid apes and cetaceans, who will have full protection under international law (yep, Balneusia expects a seat at the UN).
- Dual citizenship is illegal.
- I’m with Legal Eagle and her comment on my original post about competitive service providers of policing services.
- Eeek! According to More’s Utopia, which I like, those who seek office should be precluded from it for life. I guess the compromise is that I’ll have to step down and merely be another ordinary governing council member – like every other citizen – as soon as somebody else becomes a Balneusian. Oh well – whoever said something as complex as the rules for a state could avoid Kurt Gödel’s work that forces incompleteness or inconsistency!
- Yep, I’m merely performing an acquisition of micturition products in case you hadn’t figured it out yet, (or as the latest incarnation of that foreigner, Australian PM Kevin Rudd would say, "Getting the piss").