Re: ULE: covert vs overt

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 02:23:53 MDT

On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 02:48:35AM -0400, Michael Wiik wrote:
> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > An extropian approach to the problem of destruction (which I consider one of
> > the more significant problems of advanced technology in a free society) would
> > not be based on the assumption of a strong government initiative or even any
> > global change of mind. In order to work in real life and avoid the pitfalls
> > of technocracy a bottom up solution seems more extropian.
> I have an impression that such bottom-up solutions would work much
> better in Scandinavia than the U.S.

Why? Sweden at least is the epitome of the idea "strong government is
the solution to every problem" - Ingvar Carlsson (a former prime
minister) once said that the realm of politics stops at the color of
your couch. Everything more important than that is political and hence
implicitely in the realm of government regulation. This is not just
empty words either.

In fact, the US is *far* more likely to be the first place where
distributed private solutions to technology management problems can be

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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