[ExI] Warren Buffett is worried too and thinks Republicans are "asinine"

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Sat Oct 19 17:12:55 UTC 2013

On 19/10/2013 16:52, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 08:01:17AM -0700, spike wrote:
>> Ja.  BillK, how are the Brits doing?  Are you guys balancing your books
>> these days?  Eugen, how are the Germans doing?  Anders, Swedes?  Italians
> The Germans are only doing well in comparison to rest of Europe.

Half-full vs. half-empty glasses. Sweden is doing decently by European 
standards, the UK as usual underperforming a bit but nowhere near the 
French or Mediterranean levels. It is a matter of muddling through.

I think one can argue that the EU as a political institution is pretty 
ineffective and most euro governments too complacent. But they are not 
actively crazy, at least not in the northern half of Europe. As the 
Economist put it, at least they vaguely talk about solutions rather than 
just make up things that will not work at all. There is no political 
deadlock in the same way as in the US.

Will be visiting Norway next week, it might be fun seeing how the 
successful half lives. (I will talk transhumanism at an atheism youth camp)

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Faculty of Philosophy
Oxford University

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