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Should UK, Belgium, Spain or Italy split into several countries?
Aren't they already small ... read more

Open Thread
Then forgive me for assuming; these names get thrown around a lot in circles I'm expecting the Omnilibrium membership to come from. I may have misremembered, though. At least, the good news is that there might be reason to think that more people ... read more

Open Thread
A mix between classics and modern authors which offer a sober, scholarly analysis of their subject matter. If that goes well, maybe try a few of the more partisan or divisive titles. Perhaps even a textbook -- sure, it's disputable how much that ... read more

Open Thread
cleonid from LW, as far as I know. He's the one who posts updates from Omnilibrium in LW open threads, ... read more

Open Thread
Anyone interested in a book club of sorts? We might come up with a couple of titles per week and have an in-depth discussion on them. Just to further ensure we're on the same page with the facts (or perhaps that we're actually engaging in ... read more

Should the US radically increase spending on Voice of America
This could play in either of two ways: their editors may not be willing to sink their standards into tabloid territory enough for it to be effective propaganda (compared to an outlet like RT, for example), or they may be, in which case it would ... read more

Tit for Tat in US politics
I am not sure what you mean by updating in a direction.
It's LessWrong jargon. It refers to updating your beliefs in the direction in which the evidence points. I take it you found Omnilibrium through another ... read more

Should efforts by made to stump out Halloween?
This is the first time I've ever seen advocacy against Halloween that wasn't put in terms of religious moral panic (that it encourages devil worship, just like rock music and fantasy fiction), or nationalist anti-globalisation panic (stupid ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
I see what you mean, but in theory, trade is supposed to make both parties better off, or else the transaction wouldn't occur (if the price is too high, the buyers would rather keep their money; if too low, the sellers would keep their ... read more

Links 10/15: Bride of Linkenstein
Oh look, a shout-out to Omnilibrium. ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
The desire in question was the desire for an unequal repartition of social status, favouring the self not the desire for the goods themselves. The question of whether inegalitarianism, as a feature of the system, is earned or "given" is moot, and ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
So, why is this a case where it's good to give people what they desire, particularly when the desire is of such a nature that inherently not everybody can be satisfied? Why shouldn't people... I don't know, suck it up? (Besides the fact ... read more

Why Democracy?
It is not for the "superior", "effective" policy decisions enacted through popular support that democracy is valued; it was always for the idea that it's much harder to ignore the well-being of 95% of the population when they have a say in the ... read more

Matching donation funds and the problem of illusory matching
Is effective altruism a relevant topic for Omnilibrium? I'm inclined to think it's not, and to point out that there are specialised fora for the discussion of this topic, but of course others are free to argue in favour of the ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
You don't need to be sure of what I mean, you just need to take a reasonable guess at it. I'm pretty tired of disputing ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
That's not what I meant. I'm not talking about a non-market economy. I'm talking about a hypothetical state of a market economy where most or all people would be roughly in the middle/upper-middle class, and asking whether there would be ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
Uhh... Alright, premise granted, now how does the conclusion follow from the premise? And how credible is the claim that all people would pursue spiritual quests if given the chance to do so? Do you mean that material incentives are only ... read more

Are there any arguments for wealth inequality being desirable?
This is not an argument for selective deprivation. The existence of large concentrations of capital (technically) does not preclude the existence of equal concentration of non-capital e.g. luxury consumption goods. Wealth goes beyond capital, and ... read more

Is Donald Trump less rational than other Republican candidates?
Donald Trump's way of doing politics is understandable when you look at his station in life and at his personal brand (which has him established as conspicuously brash). He truly has no stakes in this election; he's primarily a businessman ... read more

Will denial of evolution prove an evolutionary advantage?
Denial of evolution is mostly incidental to high religiosity, and aside from being amused by the irony of it, it's not a relevant factor in this discussion. After all, it's not like there are genes for specific propositions. I'd say ... read more

Open Thread
Thank you for bringing this up. Indeed, the matter of how to be rational, or how to secure and maintain the rationality of discussion in the community, is a topic probably worth half the total word count on the website. It's such a fragile state ... read more

Political Evolution and the Future of Democracy
Wait, you meant it? I thought it was a typo, and that surely professional training accounts for something... ... read more

Political Evolution and the Future of Democracy
I did not mean that semi-professional fighters are inherently greatly superior to professionals.
Indeed, that would be quite the feat... This stuff happens to everyone, how long until we get an edit ... read more

Political Evolution and the Future of Democracy
When you began your listing of historiographical tendencies with the Idea of Progress, I was half-expecting the other major perspective to be represented by the ancient Greek anacyclosis or variations upon it, and was pleasantly surprised to see ... read more

What will the future of Liberland be?
I thought it already got squashed, with the dude in charge of the project arrested for crossing the border into "his" country? Dunno, not up to date with the conundrum. Especially now that the people who wanted to found Liberland drew attention ... read more

A Study on the Moral and Psychological Dispositions of Libertarians
Dunno, I read it expecting to get informed rather than surprised. The link between psychology and politics is quite a fascinating thing to study. And most of all I was curious to see commentary by other ... read more

The firing of Tim Hunt - right or wrong?
The yardstick for deciding whether teachers deserve their jobs is whether they can make all of their students better at e.g. physics. Presumably the institution knew that upon deciding to hire the teacher. Passing that, another weighty ... read more

The firing of Tim Hunt - right or wrong?
- What I'm saying is, you live in a Western country, shit like the occurrence in the title question happens in Western countries, shit of a diametrically opposite kind happens in Eastern countries, and if the two cultural poles of the world ... read more

The firing of Tim Hunt - right or wrong?
An explicitly ideological organisation is a party or a church. Education is more meta-level on this one -- it's supposed to equip one for handling ideologies, and even that one is relevant only to certain majors in post-secondary education. What ... read more

The firing of Tim Hunt - right or wrong?
The key variable is whether he or she is outspoken or closeted about these views. I've had the misfortune to have a teacher who'd put most neoreactionaries to shame, in beliefs as well as in the associated vices and character flaws. He seemed ... read more

The firing of Tim Hunt - right or wrong?
1) Stability of employment should not be bound in any way to ideological alignment (unless you're employed in an explicitly ideological or highly political organisation, which is not what most of us want academia or medicine to be). It's hard ... read more

Should Western governments encourage or pressure third world countries to adopt democracy?
I was just saying that because there is no way for me to know what percentage of my comment you have paid attention to beyond the part you comment on, especially considering that I later emphasized why that solution wasn't one. One small line or ... read more

Should there be a government mandated minimum wage?
The economic effect of minimum wage laws is divergence of the wealth of the lower classes -- some people will lose their jobs while others, whose employers are more compliant and less profit-hungry, can now rest assured about a stably higher wage. ... read more

Should Western governments encourage or pressure third world countries to adopt democracy?
Please try not to focus on just one line in a huge comment. Regimes installed in situations of emergency are at least supposed to be adapted to current conditions and recognise the need to change methods when the time comes to adapt to future ... read more

Should Western governments encourage or pressure third world countries to adopt democracy?
If you don't mind getting a cargo cult democracy in return, by all means go for it. I tend to view democracy as an effect rather than a cause of societal well-being. A democratic system can come in several flavours, of which we can note two: ... read more

When can experts be trusted?
I don't find it necessary or proper for me to form an opinion on everything; I only become invested in a position when it's something that demands my attention by impacting me directly (e.g. controversies about some health problem I might ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
This seems to be an inherited feature from the LessWrong division between Main and Discussion. As it appears to me, the main distinction seems to be that Main has a blog-format and Discussion a forum-format -- with the exception that both have ... read more

Non-partisan reform ideas
A good start would be to start listening to economists. My macroeconomics textbook has this list of propositions on which most economists agree. I don't know whether this fits the bill, since some policies can be identified as broadly ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
Empty comment here. So this was why a while back the comment count said 5 comments while my eyes would only see four in the main thread. How many fingers am I holding up, Winston? How does the site manage to output ... read more

To what extent should a state pursue its interests?
I use "the state" to mean the institutional complex that has sovereign power over a territory; the people comprising the state, in their respective political-administrative-military roles, constitute its government. The interests of the state refer ... read more

To what extent should a state pursue its interests?
North Korea might be a bad example. I was thinking more along the lines of Singapore or even China, if we're talking East Asia. Aside from some amount of military power (they're boasting a very large army but I'm willing to bet most of ... read more

To what extent should a state pursue its interests?
I actually meant for there to be a meta-discussion about the values by which it is better or worse for the balance to be tilted in favour of states or of citizens, and whether "the common good" is the same as, or distinct from what is best for a ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
How do I know whether I'm a populare or an optimate according to the rating ... read more

Stars vs Spending
Oh boy. I confess myself flattered; it's the first time someone mentions my username 18 times in an article and expresses interest in paying for my ramblings. Yes, indeed, as an impoverished Eastern European, it would be in my rational ... read more

What are the main reasons behind the recent economic recession?
How recent are we talking? You mean this one, or a smaller, more localized, and more recent ... read more

How should omnilibrium look like in a year?
Hopefully, it would have a higher and more active membership, a better rating system and/or more data for the calibration of the already existent system, better formatting by category or topic and more user-friendly threading, user profiles ... read more

Should government redistribute income from high to low earners?
If sovereignty were a coin and one side of it were military protection against outside invaders, the other side would be the right to impose laws and to demand taxes from its employees.
*Subjects. Sorry. See, this is why we need an edit ... read more

Should government redistribute income from high to low earners?
Abstractly speaking, under conditions of perfect fairness, no. Everybody makes as much as they make; no more, no less. (So this is why analytic propositions seem to appeal so much to Randians!) Less abstractly speaking, but not by much, the ... read more

Is NRx realistic in its claims, or biased towards cynicism, hate, and callousness?
I mean the claims that civilisation is inextricably linked to strong hierarchies of dominance; that the drive to dominance is itself good and admirable and manly and not anything near an impulse that one must resist - as long as it is ... read more

Is NRx realistic in its claims, or biased towards cynicism, hate, and callousness?
My mistake. I must have mistook you for someone ... read more

Is NRx realistic in its claims, or biased towards cynicism, hate, and callousness?
I knew I could count on you to not answer the central point of the question, despite being the only known reactionary on Omnilibrium so far; instead, just... reacting to something you found wrong with the question. Could you please borrow some ... read more

Is NRx realistic in its claims, or biased towards cynicism, hate, and callousness?
Oh, I didn't realize that debate authors are public now, so you can no longer just plop a debate topic there and forget about paying child support. :) I just phrased the debate in the way that sounded most natural to me, a non-reactionary; ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
It would be better to divide topics into categories (Economics, History, etc. - the ones used in the Create a Debate form) which would then be paged, forum-like, according to recent activity. Hiding inactive topics, especially at the beginning of ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
You're right. It's important to think of ways in which policies can go wrong. I'll have to think about this ... read more

Government policy and personal moral responsibility
Things look different from the top. Government decisions are not -- and should not be -- made on the basis of one's gut reaction to a situation, doubly so in cases of large-scale conflicts. There are questions that precede that of whether the ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
There are many kinds of inequality; I'm assuming you mean social stratification into status groups (formal or informal hierarchy), rather than ability inequality or even strictly economic inequality. At the core of it, I'd say no. ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
That's not true for any website with a rating system that I use. Most edits do not modify the central meaning of the message, instead being about something minor like typos or additions to the text. Everybody is aware that people might quote ... read more

What should an average person do to improve the policies of his country?
Yes, but to vote? That would restrict suffrage to a few tens to hundreds of thousands of people in a US-sized country and might completely disenfranchise the poor as a group. It would be a bold policy move, to say the ... read more

What should an average person do to improve the policies of his country?
For some reason I'm tempted to read this as a quiz to determine if a person is informed enough to vote. (I'm almost sure you didn't mean it this way, though.) If that's the case, I sure as hell failed ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
The option to edit my posts would be nice. I occasionally change my mind on phrasing and formatting after I click "submit". Also, there's a problem with bullet list indentation. The bullet isn't fully contained into the text ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
I'm assuming you are talking about the higher education system in the U.S., and the perceived problems are cost, quality, and value of a college education. There's not much in the way of actual, step-by-step policy suggestions I can make, ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
  • Maybe some people find the limit generous enough, but to me 10,000 characters per article is too limiting. I just previewed a draft of an article I meant to post and it's 15k characters long already.
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