[ExI] General comment about all this quasi-libertarianism discussion

Richard Loosemore rpwl at lightlink.com
Mon Feb 28 15:01:06 UTC 2011

Kelly Anderson wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 9:10 AM, Richard Loosemore <rpwl at lightlink.com> wrote:
>> Ben Zaiboc wrote:
>>> Richard Loosemore <rpwl at lightlink.com> suggested:
>> And having said all of that, we do have something like the required
>> simulations already:  game theory.  Libertarianism is something close to an
>> "all defection, all the time" strategy ;-), and I believe those don't do
>> very well....
> Assuming you are speaking of the Prisoner's Dilemma, that would be
> closer to the Anarchist strategy. Or perhaps the role of the
> government in communism or socialism. I believe libertarianism is more
> akin to the tit for tat strategy. According to Dawkins, this is one of
> the most successful strategies.

I explained, in reply to Damien Sullivan yesterday, that I was being 
tongue in cheek when I said this (hence the ";-)").  There is no serious 
way to make a comparison between a game theory strategy and a real world 
political philosophy.

And besides, TfT has actually been proven to work through SIMULATIONS, 
whereas libertarians seem too scared ;-) to put their theories to that 
kind of objective scientific test....

Richard Loosemore

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