Re: Fear of Nanotech

Brian D Williams (
Thu, 9 Sep 1999 06:58:52 -0700 (PDT)

From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>

>No, actually I think we're despised for three reasons:

>1) We're richer than anyone else; furthermore we're arrogant
>about it. Whether this is actually true doesn't matter, because
>that's the perception.

We are pretty well off. Gosh darn hard work......

>2) America uses its power to ride roughshod over the interests of
>other nations, except when we get to play hero, at which time we
>care more about image and token victories than actually getting
>the job done. I think this one *is* true.

We have made mistakes here, I say "we" loosely because I personally would not have commited us to many of these actions. I think we try to do too much most of the time, and not enough other times. I also agree we try too little too late sometimes and incorrectly use military force at times.

>3) America's foreign-policy agenda of freedom and liberty makes
>us a huge annoyance to petty and not-so-petty dictators, so
>reporters in the controlled press that write pro-American stories
>are shot.

Truer words were never spoken.

Lets not forget our little 4% of the population went to the Moon, and is soon headed out to Mars.


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