Friday 25 June 2004

The Law

While in Norway I came across a copy of the “Viking Laws”:

1: Be Brave and Aggressive

Be direct
Grab all opportunities
Use varying methods of attack
Be versatile and agile
Attack one target at a time
Don’t plan everything in detail
Use top quality weapons

2: Be Prepared

Keep weapons in good conditions
Keep in shape
Find good battle comrades
Agree on important points
Choose one chief

3: Be a good merchant

Find out what the market needs
Don't promise what you can't keep
Don't promise overpayment
Arrange things so that you can return

4: Keep the camp in order

Keep things tidy and organised
Arrange enjoyable activities which strengthen the group
Make sure everybody does useful work
Consult all members of the group for advice

Not too bad a set of rules for libertarians.

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David Farrer said...

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Neil (
Also pretty good rules for socialists, particularly part 4. 
It may well be that socialism is a pretty good system for small groups or military units where people's lives are in each other's hands.

30 June 2004, 00:12:27 GMT+01:00
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Alan K. Henderson (
Shouldn't there be something about sacking France?

28 June 2004, 07:18:37 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Ian Dodge (

27 June 2004, 16:04:59 GMT+01:00
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Stuart Dickson (
I think that the Scottish Government have been paying a little too much attention to "Consult all members of the group for advice." 
It would be nice to see some actual decision-making. 
Actually, perhaps not.

26 June 2004, 20:57:38 GMT+01:00
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Laban Tall (
I think the Swedish soccer team use this rulebook. 
"Use top quality weapons" -henrik Larsen ?

26 June 2004, 19:29:27 GMT+01:00
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Geoff Matthews (
I'd like to see someone run on the platform.  
But point four, subsection three falls outside the realm of libertarianism. Is it the government's job to ensure that everyone works? If it were, you can bet that a good number would NOT being doing something useful.  
Same for point four, subsection two. Is it the government's job to entertain me? Of course, given the junk that the private sector is putting out, they aren't doing a good job of it either.

25 June 2004, 22:51:40 GMT+01:00