Re: I will shut up

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Sat Nov 24 2001 - 04:00:40 MST

On Fri, Nov 23, 2001 at 06:04:11PM -0800, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> I will say not one more word on this list about Afghanistan. No
> matter what I say or how carefully I attempt to say it it reaps
> little more than abuse and tigtening minds rather than opening
> ones. Choose someone else to be your scapegoat.

On the contrary: you're the most intelligent and helpful commentator
the list has got on this topic, and if you don't keep pushing the
long-term idealist point of view the list will be considerably the
worse for it.

Here's a clue, for those people yammering away about how evil Samantha
is: extropianism isn't about short-termism. In the long term, she
is *right*. We *do* need a fundamental shift in human behaviour, and
examining current issues in the light of long term requirements is
well within the remit of the list.

So far I've only been commenting on likely near-term outcomes. But I'd
prefer a world in which your outcomes win.

-- Charlie

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