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November 26, 2007


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Michael Martin

"The paper develops a hopeful hypothesis, which is that the widespread availability of personal history and reputation information will reduce individuals' reliance on easily observable proxies like race, gender, and age, in deciding with whom to socialize or do business."

Sadly, the pettiness of human nature is unlikely to change when one set of proxies are substituted for another. I'm glad somebody is thinking about how to address these problems because the dystopian version of the future right now seems the more likely outcome.


Joan A. Conway

The "Suzy Wong," filial devotion, dilemma under a western model of government.

Unfortunately, many female landlords are just as discriminatory as male landlords, toward female applicant(s).

It is difficult for females in business as well as females entering in a business relationship with a principal female to be granted a transaction favorable to her, when she is out of the traditional patterns of male authority.

Example: Senator Hillary Clinton is supported by her husband Bill Clinton, a former U.S. President.

If Senator Hillary Clinton wasn't married to Bill, or was married to Mr. Margaret Thatcher, would Senator Clinton be more or less electable in the United States?

At lease England has several role models to choose from, for example: Queen Elizabeth I, Victoria,and Elizabeth II, and a few pretenders to the throne, like Matilda.

In defense of property, females have not done as well over the bloody and brutal centuries as males have to earn the right as heros or protectors of the commonwealth.

By the rule of law and not by the rule of force often is considered 'just a good idea,' but when the royal line is denied for an outsider, the need to be protected ranks first.

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