Are tech companies a libertarians dream?
There's very little overhead when running a tech company. One persons program can serve all of humanity. If the productivity of computer programs were applied to government, we'd have a libertarians utopia.
Is there a downside? Would a government run by a computer programmer be too small even for Republicans?
- Casey YLv 75 months ago
Its not the mechanism of control which libertarians mistrust...its the control itself.
- Steve DLv 75 months ago
Running the government with only computer [programmers is a recipe for disaster. Even a true libertarian knows this. Programmers do not create policy, do not run programs (real programs such of mine inspections, etc.). Programmers take their marching orders from the people who really run government and create programs that serve the ends of these actual programs. Government would run better without programmers compared to running government with only programmers.
- StooLv 75 months ago
Replace "serve" with "control" and you have the problem.
Most things the government needs to do, computer science alone cannot solve. A program might make the administration of taxes and benefits better, but it alone won't provide those benefits or compel the payment of taxes. A program might help in military planning but it can't fight wars. It might help the provision of fire, police and ambulance services, but there's still people who need to do all those things.
And when automation fully takes over a sector, computer science won't solve the problem of what to do with thousands of laid off workers and the growing income inequality that results. Smart tech entrepreneurs are looking at universal basic income to distribute wealth more broadly. If technology creates a handful of billionaires and millions of people living precarious and poor lives, that won't last for long.