Re: China, the Free-Market & Freedom?

Anders Sandberg (
23 Jan 1998 18:00:49 +0100

Michael Lorrey <> writes:

> Paul Hughes wrote:
> > I started taking a course in Chineese Politics and was wondering what
> > peoples thoughts are on the rising power of China and what that portends
> > for the rest of the world - especially on how it will impact on
> > extropian goals. Any thoughts?

Take a look in the archives for Greg Burch's posting about confucian
capitalism for one angle.

> What I really worry about is 30 years down the road.
> The population control program in China is having the effect of a much
> larger percentage of the population being born as males. Sociologists have
> commented in the past on the relative levels of agression of societies with
> balanced versus imbalanced populations of genders.

What sociologists and what societies? As far as I know, there have not
been that many societies with imbalanced populations of genders
(possibly in some of the smaller arabian states: I have read somewhere
that a significant fraction of the girls were in the harem at some
points in history; this might be apocryphal though).

> I wonding if having so many frustrated males in the population 20-30
> years from now will wind up with a much more militarist regieme
> coming to power.

Is frustrated males a significant factor in militarism? Could they not
also be a source for subversion or major-scale sublimation?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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