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Is the dream of a voluntary society still possible?

The 1980 Harvey Cushing oration

Kingman Brewster

right that organizations have outstripped our intelligence. But now we have artificial intelligence in the form of the computer. With it has come operations analysis and other planning and managerial techniques that expand the power, if not the wisdom, of the lords of private corporate fiefdoms, principalities, and even empires. I do not think that penal law should be used to attach penalties to monopolistic power unless it was wrongfully obtained or maintained. Punitive law should be confined to reprehensible conduct which the defendant could have avoided. But our