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The God That Failed

The core of this book is a systematic treatment of the historic transformation of the West from monarchy to democracy. Revisionist in nature, it reaches the conclusion that monarchy is a lesser evil than democracy, but outlines deficiencies in both. Its methodology is axiomatic-deductive, allowing the writer to derive economic and sociological theorems, and then apply them to interpret historical events.

A compelling chapter on time preference describes the progress of civilization as lowering time preferences as capital structure is built, and explains how the interaction between...
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Olivier Janssens@zndtoshi Of course I did, great book. There's a difference between "1 person 1 vote" versus Stakeholder Voting. There's always a form of "voting" going on (even when voting with your feet). In this case, miners/stakers need to make the final decision, but it should be an informed decision (Source)

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Governments across the globe have begun evolving from lumbering bureaucracies into smaller, more agile special jurisdictions - common-interest developments, special economic zones, and proprietary cites. Private providers increasingly deliver services that political authorities formerly monopolized, inspiring greater competition and efficiency, to the satisfaction of citizens-qua-consumers. These trends suggest that new networks of special jurisdictions will soon surpass nation states in the same way that networked computers replaced mainframes. In this groundbreaking work, Tom W. Bell... more
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Olivier Janssens@VitalikButerin Context is this book, where Tom talks about combining one-share one-vote with one-person one-vote for “double democracy”. I think it’s an interesting perspective. You obviously need minority shareholder protection. Can be part of the constitution (or code) (Source)

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