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Re: <nettime> Julian Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the
morlockelloi on Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:31:23 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> Julian Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the


The capital of the notion of something being 'legal' is wearing thin.

It's interesting to observe what will replace it - make no mistake, the working system will pop up, so that the business can go on, and it won't be something simple as ad-hoc brute force threats.

I guess that a well-defined (possibly overlapping) power-legal domains will emerge, so it will be clear to all involved what it exactly means when principality X says, for example, "this will be the taxation rate for these activities". Depending on the coverage of X's domain, this may mean that you don't care, or that you will implement it ASAP. We need some kind of more accurate domain-dependent rules, in order to predict and plan.

Concepts of nation-states, national sovereignty and 'international law' are not applicable tools any more. Invoking them is pointless, as they cannot be enforced (the purpose of such invocations is to 'show the people' how badly these concepts are violated in hope of creating outrage and restoring them, but that doesn't work any more, as people know well it's all bs.)

We are already seeing de facto emergence of these new legal domains. Now we need the code.


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