[ExI] The world would be so much better if everyone knows everything

Brent Allsop brent.allsop at gmail.com
Sun Feb 9 20:08:12 UTC 2020

Nicely said.

On Sun, Feb 9, 2020, 12:19 PM Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 3:41 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> Including the 'good' parts doesn't change the fact that total
>> transparency would be a recipe for disaster. Human beings just aren't
>> capable of dealing with it. The example of homosexuality and religious
>> convictions about it is a perfect example, but far from the only one. Yes,
>> everyone would know exactly who had lynched the peaceful gay couple living
>> in No. 26, but that wouldn't do the dead couple any good. Multiply that by
>> millions, add in all the other kinds of behaviour and world-views that
>> various people see as obnoxious, sinful etc., and worthy of violent
>> 'reprisals', and what kind of a world would it be?
> Who is more in need of anonymity: those who sin but hurt none save
> themselves, or those who plan violence against their neighbors?
> All across the world, in every community, there are those who oppose
> violence against their community.  A chief weapon of oppressive regimes -
> whether they call themselves a government, a religion, or whatever - has
> been anonymity: one can not strike back against unknown foes.
> Witness the rise of doxxing of public, uniformed officers.  On the job,
> when they are armed, ready, and surrounded by armed and ready allies, they
> are quite identifiable - but they are supposed to be anonymous and private
> when off the job.  Strip them of that, and they rightfully fear for their
> lives.
> Many of those who plan violence against "sinners" do not even have that
> much protection.  If everyone knew everything, people under immediate
> threat of a lynch mob would get warning of an incoming lynch mob and know
> which way to flee.  Granted, their pursuers would know which way they fled,
> but a chasing lynch mob loses steam once it is clear the message has been
> delivered.  And, again, everyone else would get notice that there is this
> mob that wishes violence upon their community, and who is leading the mob.
> Those who oppose violence are less in need of anonymity, because the end
> they work toward is a lack of reprisals.
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