Re: [sl4] Re: Property rights

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Wed Jul 09 2008 - 17:13:56 MDT

2008/7/10 Stuart Armstrong <>:

>> It's fascinating to think what would happen if everyone woke up with
>> a minimal IQ of 140 tomorrow morning. Would libertarianism and
>> minarchy and so on make more sense to them? Would they be quicker to see
>> what was in everyone's common interest? I doubt it,
>> because how do you go from the status quo to there? Yet I do think
>> that within 30 years, we would make great, great progress in the world
>> towards self rule.
> It's interesting to dig a little into this, because it reveals an idea
> that pops up often on this list. The idea runs along the lines of "a
> lot of smart people are libertarians, so if more people were smart,
> then more people would be libertarian". Sometimes the argument extends
> as far as "after a singularity, eveyone will be smart, so everyone
> will be libertarian".

In fact, it's more common for intellectuals to be left wing. How do
you explain this?

Stathis Papaioannou

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