Re: Ashcroft Antics

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Jan 30 2002 - 23:45:14 MST

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > That's my point - at some point, even in a libertarian government, someone
> > needs to have personal responsibility for the artistic appearance of
> > public buildings. There is nothing wrong with Ashcroft taking charge of
> > the appearance of his building. Curtains are not "vandalism" and he is
> > not destroying his predecessors' efforts, just temporarily switching them
> > off. Sure, Ashcroft's decision may only be temporary; sure, we may
> > disagree with it; my point is that is that it is legitimately Ashcroft's
> > decision. How would we feel if a transhumanist Attorney General were
> > mocked in the media for putting a curtain over, say, a painting of God
> > judging sinners?
> Fair point. In a /truly/ libertarian society of course, there /are/
> no such things as "public" buildings, so the problem doesn't exist.
> But I suppose since we do have to compromise on that point a bit, we'll
> have to compromise on the public art issue too. And just for the
> record, I'd leave that painting--as I'd leave one depicting slavery,
> or war, and other despicable things--they're still my history if not
> my future.

Fair point.

This thread now concludes, the two former disputants having communicated
their views to each other, adjusted their views as a result of new
information received, and reached effective agreement.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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