Dan Marsh on 3 May 2002 00:04:15 -0000

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[nbd] Greetings

OK, my "shout:"

I wouldn't mind working for the Public Defender's office, but I don't: I 
sell computers.  (If I ever get around to finishing my undergrad degree, I 
might go to law school, but I'm in no hurry.)

It's interesting to find myself grouped into a specific faction already in 
this Nomic; in the past I've found myself in what I've called the 
"constitutionalist" faction.  Essentially, I feel that the rules (and the 
law generally) say what they say, and purposely misinterpreting them because 
it's easier, is cheating.  (For example, even in my 30s, it bothers me: the 
14th Amendment clearly bans a minimum drinking age for US citizens.  And I 
find many of the arguments that the income tax is collected illegally, to be 

It's already been pointed out that I'm looking at bits and pieces of the law 
rather than the law in total, but the law in total IS made up of those bits 
and pieces.  If a rule says that A is B, then "the overall gist of the 
rules" cannot conclude that A is A (as much as my Randroid roots would like 

I came across Nomic some years ago, and it appealed to me because I enjoy 
exploring other worlds ... hence my fascination with science fiction stories 
and computer role-playing games.  I'm not an attorney, but did spend most of 
the 1990s in political pursuits, so I have some of the same drives.

Anyway, that's me.


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