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Following the investigation, the assistant syndic concluded that no disciplinary complaint would be filed. Pursuant to section The Superior Court first examined the nature and scope of the police informer privilege, before determining whether it could be set up against the assistant syndic of the Quebec Bar.

The police informer privilege is a rule of public policy to which there is but one exception, i. When an accused wishes to use the identity of a police informer to establish his innocence, he must demonstrate the seriousness of his position. It does not however apply to the content of statements he or she made to the police. That content can be shared and entered into evidence if doing so would not allow the informant to be identified. The Superior Court concluded that the police informer privilege is absolute. He's a libertarian of the other sort — the kind who imagines a society without coercive government which is to say, without the State , but in which, by some mysterious magic, no one would be "allowed" to own property or invest savings in a productive enterprise in the expectation of future profit.

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In his essay "Starship Stormtroopers," Moorcock rails against Heinlein, Rand , and other science fiction writers whom libertarians of our sort tend to venerate. And he writes that "Leaving aside the very worthy but to my mind journalistic The Dispossessed by U. Le Guin , it is quite hard for me to find many other examples of sf books which, as it were, 'promote' libertarian ideas. Kornbluth who to my mind had a rather stronger political conscience than he allowed himself, so that his stories are sometimes confused as he tried to mesh middle-American ideas with his own radicalism.

One of my favorites … is The Syndic.

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So what exactly do we find if we open a copy of The Syndic and begin reading? In effect, we find a dramatization of the following quotation from Murray Rothbard. More specifically, when you open the first pages of The Syndic , you find yourself in the company of a character named Charles Orsino, who lives in New York and works as a bagman for The Syndic. He walks around the 2.

The Syndic by C. M. Kornbluth

Near the very beginning of the story, he drops in at Mother Maginnis's Ould Sod Pub, only to be told by Mother Maginnis herself that "it's the business, Mr. It's the business. You'll pardon me if I say that I can't see how to spare twenty-five dollars from the till, not if my life depended on it. I can go to fifteen, but so help me — ".

That's when Orsino cuts her off. Maginnis," he tells her, "that you're letting the Syndic down. What would the people in Syndic Territory do for protection if everybody took your attitude? Orsino likes it best if things remain pleasant and cordial between him and the people he thinks of as his "customers.

These events are happening, by the way, about years from now, sometime in the late 22nd century.

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Civilization has pretty much collapsed in the world outside North America. Places like Europe have reverted to forest and are thinly inhabited by Neolithic tribes living in caves, lean-tos, and mud huts, and hunting with spears. The Syndic runs things in the East; the Mob runs things in the West.

As Orsino's Uncle Frank, a Syndic higher-up, relates the relevant history: in the beginning, people.

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Our ancestors were sneered at in their day, you know. They were called criminals when they distributed goods and services at a price people could afford to pay.

Government incessantly harassed these so-called criminals and also adopted various policies that left the people with less and less discretionary income. And ultimately, "when [people had] had enough hounding and restriction, they rose in their might. In Uncle Frank's view, the Government and the "old-time bankers" who backed it "deserved everything they got. They brought it on themselves," he tells Charles. They had what they called laissez-faire, and it worked for a while until they got to tinkering with it. They demanded things called protective tariffs, tax remissions, subsidies — regulation, regulation, regulation, always of the other fellow.

But there were enough bankers on all sides for everybody to be somebody else's other fellow. Coercion snowballed and the Government lost public acceptance.

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They had a thing called the public debt which I can't begin to explain to you except to say that it was something written on paper and that it raised the cost of everything tremendously. Well, believe me or not, they didn't just throw away the piece of paper or scratch out the writing on it. They let it ride until ordinary people couldn't afford the pleasant things in life. As our story begins, the Mob and the Syndic, under the terms of the Treaty of Las Vegas, signed during the late 21st century, have been at peace for a hundred years. This is not to say that they think highly of each other, or anything like that.

As one Syndic bigwig puts it,.

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I won't pretend I'm happy about the way things are in Mob Territory. Consequences… Agents, brokers and claims adjusters must never forget their obligations to the public as well as the fact that not fulfilling these obligations will result in serious consequences. The professionals are notified in writing or by phone as soon as either a complaint is received or the Syndic has himself decided to open an investigation regarding them.

But then what happens? Sanctioning a Representative for a Minor Mistake?