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2012 December 03 Monday
Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Europe Needs Distributed Errors

The uniting of Europe works against what is needed for a stable society. Says Taleb: "The European Union is a horrible, stupid project."

The most stable country in the history of mankind, and probably the most boring, by the way, is Switzerland. It's not even a city-state environment; it's a municipal state. Most decisions are made at the local level, which allows for distributed errors that don't adversely affect the wider system. Meanwhile, people want a united Europe, more alignment, and look at the problems. The solution is right in the middle of Europe -- Switzerland. It's not united! It doesn't have a Brussels! It doesn't need one.

The US is headed in the same direction. The people who think they are wisest can't prevent themselves from trying to apply their solutions across the whole of America rather than just in a state or town. We need more heterogeneous decision-making, not a more heterogeneous set of ethnicities. The worshipers of diversity do not understand what forms of diversity are valuable.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 December 03 10:40 PM 


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James Bowery said at December 4, 2012 8:42 AM:

We need sortocracy. The primary duty of consensual government, above all others, is to ensure it is practical for consenting adults to leave its jurisdiction to form a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Unfortunately, those who make sortocracy impractical are not human. Truly they have lost their humanity and are incapable of leaving humans alone. They are zombies.

Robin Corkery said at December 4, 2012 10:33 AM:

When one listens to the rich guys who insist that they
want people with very high incomes to pay more in
taxes admit that they are not now availing themselves
of the IRS provided method of paying at the more
virtuous rate, you begin to understand that what they
are really interested in is more power. It is the satis-
faction of knowing that they can compel others to do
their bidding that motivates them, however much they
may insist that what they want is to give government
"adequate" financing.

georgesdelatour said at December 5, 2012 5:06 AM:

You may not like the arguments of Jared Diamond's "Guns Germs & Steel". But I remember Diamond being asked a question. His theory predicts a Euro-Asian cultural ascendancy. So why in practice was it Europe rather than China which achieved that ascendancy?

Diamond suggested it was European political disunity, as opposed to Chinese unity, which gave Europeans the advantage. In Europe good ideas invented in one state were copied and developed in another, while bad ideas weren't. But in China one idiot in charge could impose uniform stupidity across the Empire - as with the Hongxi Emperor's effective abolition of the Chinese navy.

Soleman said at December 8, 2012 1:06 PM:

"The worshipers of diversity do not understand what forms of diversity are valuable."

Maybe, but perhaps it is already too late for America to even try to go back to homogeneity at this point in history, don't you think.


"We need more heterogeneous decision-making,..."

Also, maybe. It all depends who makes the decisions, really. Many heads do not necessarily think more than one, and when majorities make the decisions against the minorities, watch out! Remember that the election of the president in America is a form of heterogeneous decision-making and just look at what we have...

Soleman said at December 8, 2012 1:16 PM:

"It is the satisfaction of knowing that they (the rich) can compel others to do their bidding that motivates them, however much they may insist that what they want is to give government "adequate" financing."

Robin Corkery is right. What the rich ones really love is to see how they can own -so to speak- and control others. I believe it's a kind of disease. Time to do away with them if we have the guts, that is. Even if it's not peacefully...

WJ said at December 10, 2012 9:32 AM:

"The worshipers of diversity do not understand what forms of diversity are valuable."

Yes they do. They understand very, very well which forms of diversity are valuable for their purposes. These are the guys who just outsmarted the Romney campaign and Republican senate campaigns all over the country. They've successfully marched through the institutions and left chaos and destruction in their wake.


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