in Taiwan, or China, or the Soviet Union, I would know about 20x more now than I actually do, about everything in the universe. Also, I’d probably be happier. And, I’d most likely be complaining about these very places and the degree to which they limited my personal choices.
Life is a funny thing. I suppose there is something to the “paternal state” metaphor. Maybe the thing is for everyone to live in a strongly centralized, highly competitive state until 20 or so, then toss them into laissez faire markets in some other segment of society.
I don’t know, I talk nonsense. We should simply build the computers and let them control us. Better yet, put us all in the fucking Matrix. I don’t mind.