Re: The "stupid" masses

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sat, 28 Dec 1996 17:50:47 -0600

> To simplify, we have two dangers here: cocaine and high-velocity
> lead pellets. You favor unleashing the latter to rein in the former.
> I consider the former to be less of a threat than the latter. I'm
> particularly appalled by your stance given that the history of the
> last twenty-five years shows that all attempts to use the latter
> to control the former merely make both scourges worse. The history
> of the prohibition of alcohol (another neurological scourge) earlier
> this century in the US tells a similar tale.

If bullets were the only way to control crack, I wouldn't use them,
because they wouldn't work. I know the story, too. That's why I favor
biological warfare instead of coercive force.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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