The only things that are for certain, goes the old saying, are death and taxes. And, it would seem to be so. Of the former, modern science has found ways to delay it, but the technology of death avoidance is out of reach, despite the fervent desires of those looking for “the singularity.” As to the latter, history teaches that taxes and the governments that insist on them are almost as unavoidable. In the dimmest recesses of time there are hints that government as we know it didn’t exist, or was extremely minimal. But these are just the barest of hints. The vast majority of the historical record is made up of accounts of various governments and government actions, and usually despotic ones at that.