Re: Property rights

From: Byrne Hobart (
Date: Wed Apr 23 2008 - 20:16:31 MDT

A) Inasmuch as an AI would be the most powerful entity in existence, and
inasmuch as governments now occupy that status, I don't understand why an
understanding of the interaction between AI and government, and thus the
proper role of each, is somehow not relevant. Discussing these in an
FAI-aware context strikes me as extremely important, unless you expect AI to
come into being in either an anarcho-capitalist paradise or an eternal
status quo.

B) A *reductio ad absurdum *argument against government regulation of prices
makes me economically illiterate?

On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 8:24 PM, Samantha Atkins <> wrote:

> I was specifically responding to a comment implying that it was not the
> national nature, but the way things were run, that made national
> healthcare such a good deal. If it's really only a good deal because you
> can coerce people into not accepting anything else, that's something that
> should be noted! I could probably make food really really cheap if I just
> mandated a prison sentence for selling a meal for more than $5. That would
> deprive us of a very useful set of signals about the actual demand and cost
> for various food items, and would make people think twice about becoming
> good chefs -- but if we're measuring success in terms of the most for the
> least, rather than the right amount for the right price, that would be the
> way to go!
> A) This is not remotely SL4 material;
> B) The notion you can make food cheap (and presumably plentiful) by
> mandating its price (regardless of production costs) marks you as
> economically illiterate.

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