[ExI] Social justice and transhumanist
anders at aleph.se
Mon Feb 20 23:14:34 UTC 2012
On 20/02/2012 21:15, Stefano Vaj wrote:
> On 20 February 2012 11:30, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se
> <mailto:anders at aleph.se>> wrote:
> But the Scandinavian model does not scale well to big and diverse
> societies, since the consensus-seeking is not possible or
> efficient enough.
> This might in fact be an argument against "big" and "diverse"
> societies. :-)
Indeed. I suspect that small homogenous societies can be quite
functional and happy - at the price of entrepreneurship, individual
freedom and dynamism. If we look at where the groundbreaking
intellectual insights have occured, they tend to appear in cosmopolitan
zones, not in the middle of homogenity.
> But of course many people were very frustrated with the Scandinavian
> models in the sixties and seventies of last centuries. A few even
Exactly. As an emigrant I feel quite free. And last year more Swedes
emigrated than during the big emigration to America in the 1880s -
although besides the US it is the rest of Scandinavia, Britain and China
that are popular. Many tend to return eventually, but it seems that the
most entrepreneurial stay abroad.
Free migration is a good way of keeping states in line - if their
policies are too bad, people vote with their feet. Not frictionlessly,
but enough to put some check on the policies (or just allocate people
more economically efficiently).
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Faculty of Philosophy
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