[ExI] Repudiating the national debt
johnkclark at gmail.com
Thu May 12 02:45:35 UTC 2016
On Wed, May 11, 2016 Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:
> how many people given his inheritance, go on to make it that much bigger?
I don't know. How many people put their inheritance in a S&P index fund?
> How many nuclear wars have happened so far?
One, in 1945.
> How many near nuclear wars?
One, in 1962. How many presidents have been madmen in the nuclear age?
None. My answer could be different in 8 months.
> One analyst said, IIRC, that India and Pakistan having nuclear weapons has
> lessened the chance of a major war between them.
That might be true. I think in general nuclear weapons decrease the
possibility of major wars, but the trouble is they increase the
possibility of a global war. And a major war could kill several hundred
thousand people but a global war could kill several billion people.
> A problem here, though, is Clinton stated she wanted to expand NATO to
> include the Ukraine and Georgia. Wouldn't this alone increase the chances
> of a confrontation with Russia?
I honestly don't don't know, unlike Donald's nuclear Saudi Arabia
brainstorm this isn't obviously a bad idea, although it might be. But even
if it is a bad idea it isn't as bad as Donald's idea.
> And as for defaulting on the national debt ...that too scary to even talk
> Let's see. We discuss topics like hostile AI, gray goo, and other
> extinction level catastrophes, but this one topic is unthinkable.
The thing is in 2013
just rumors about defaulting on the debt crashed the stock market.
Extropians care about grey goo but few others do.
John K Clark
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