Chris Gerrib

Chris Gerrib

  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    1.1% is a high-ish growth rate. Modern humans don't seem to like having that many babies....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I have to admit I have no idea why somebody would build self-replicating Von Neumann machines. I do think I know why colonies wouldn't fill a galaxy, or at least do so extremely slowly. Species colonize for economic reasons, and...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Soldiers, police, same difference. The first function of any army is to create a monopoly on legitimate use of force in the state. Money (and for Agent0090) race are ways to keep the labor force down. They are both subject...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Charlie: I think you are overlooking two key factors. First, there are more "laborers" than "capitalists." A lot more. Second, thanks to the Industrial Revolution (read "guns") the great imbalance in warmaking skills that preserved feudalism is gone. Yes, one...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Speaking as an American, the idea that smaller governments are better doesn't entirely work for me. We have 50 smaller governments (the states) and many of them (including Illinois, my home sod) are rife with corruption and idiocy....
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