Some thought candy from Zach Weiner/Weinersmith

The silly season is either upon us or about to start (end of semester, exams, marking, etc).  So, why not some thought candy?  My favorite political, philosophical, economic and science commentator, Zach Weiner (illustrator and author of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) has self published what looks to be a very interesting thought experiment, “Polystate: A Thought Experiment in Distributed Government.” Described thus:

“What if governments didn’t rule locations, but instead ruled minds? That is the question explored in this eBook.  “Polystate” refers to the idea of a geographic entity in which multiple overlapping states exist, each consisting of citizens who have agreed to the laws of a single non-geographic state. In this sense, the book is a discussion not of a particular form of government, but a meta-government in which each person is free to choose a new constitution on a yearly basis without the encumbrance of relocation.  It is not clear whether such an institution as a Polystate is possible or desirable, but the author sets out to discuss ways in which it might conceivably work, and why it might be desirable.”

Looks very entertaining, though I am sure the experts among you will be able to point to similar ideas in the works of some of the great philosophers and thinkers of the past. My suspicion is there are few new ideas in the world, just new forms of packaging.  But the packaging looks particularly appealing in this case.  I look forward to reading it during breaks from marking/grading.

Colin Picker


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