March 26th, 2007

beartato phd

(no subject)

Went to the Jared Diamond talk. I had high hopes, but it was kind of frustrating to listen to; the one point that I found interesting was the observation that societies are in trouble if their decision-makers are isolated from the consequences of their decisions, i.e. if they happen to be some (in the short term) rich elite that are able to by virtue of their wealth side-step poor public services. And if you're going to make a libertarian counterargument to that, to say that public services are not necessarily by definition necessary, then you have to ensure, I think, that the decision-makers aren't extensionally identified with the rich elite, if there so happens to be one.

Collapse )