An axiomatic model of non bayesian updating
And are you willing to cut the same slack to this tiny subset of fundamentalist Non-Aggression Principle libertarians? But how does it help to focus on this tiny pathological subset of libertarians and desperately try to convince the world that every libertarian is like this? I guess what I just said – it threatened the fabric of reality itself. This could get pretty bad.” The bartender suddenly stood up. Now no blue-eyed person will be able to go to a bar ever again!
Thought experiments are a useful tool, but sometimes the best lesson to take from them is ‘things are complicated but principles still matter’.” “But surely, somewhere, there are incredibly stupid libertarians who think morality consists of the Non-Aggression Principle and nothing else, don’t believe in any other kind of virtue, and aren’t just holding it as a sacred but non-final principle the way you hold not torturing people? There are some pretty pathological socialists too – should we demand everyone accept them as the only possible representatives of socialism? ” Scarce had he finished speaking when a very-finely dressed woman stood up. “And I will give poor people money to humiliate themselves. ” But her jubilation was interrupted by another man, in the other corner of the bar.
His parents tell him that he would bring great shame on the household if he refused, which is true. We’re Mc Donalds employees, and corporate headquarters must have given us bad directions.” “You’re…Mc Donalds employees? It was another quiet morning here at the Harvard Philosophy Department. ” The Professor, whose mind had plumbed the depths of ontology and ascended the heights of metaphysics, was a hard woman to perturb. The first thing the Infinitely Rich Man does is buy the castanet factory where you work. He also makes sure that if any other employers inquire about you, the castanet factory will refuse to serve as a reference. Why would you even think to look into such a product?
The choice nevertheless rests with the boy, and whatever he chooses will be respected. Why are Mc Donalds employees doing no-knock raids in body armor looking for marijuana? You just think it’s okay to randomly go around, kill people’s pets, terrorize their families, when you don’t know why you’re doing it? ” “I heard there were a bunch of people who were okay with private coercion, and only objected to coercion when it was applied by the State.” “What? She had won her position as Department Chair by discovering a complete theory of morality grounded in first principles with no internal incoherence or any specious assumptions, able to determine everything from the optimal number of minutes to spend speaking to your mother each week to how close you could come to beggars before you were obligated to give them money. Not that this matters, for he intends to bribe any other castanet company who hires you into firing you. (Castanets are very popular.) So you scrape together what money you have, and you open a little drive-thru castanet stand out on Route 9. ” “Well, this is going to sound weird, but – I was reading a history book a few months ago, and – you remember that time a time traveler appeared in the middle of the Constitutional Convention, making some kind of point about how democracy wouldn’t work in a village of evil cannibals? ” “I had thought it was just one of the many colorful, larger-than-life stories from the Revolution.
“You’re not going to go your factory and harass your employees.” The factory owner frowned.
“And you aren’t going to go set off your nuclear bomb.
It is, however, a pleasant and flourishing community, which strongly values freedom and entrepreneurship. All through his youth, they will tell him they believe the future of the village depends on his consenting. Professor Kryzenski sat down in her desk and booted up her computer. The Infinitely Rich Man is not discouraged, however. He will be a Count of Monte Cristo, but an extremely law-abiding one. Should the Infinitely Rich Man suffer any civil or criminal penalties for his actions? Thaddeus Nett-Worth III, Esq., “is the most benightedly offensive statement I have ever heard.” “All I said,” I said, “was that horses were basically elongated cows.” “They are a noble animal, an unparalleled paragon of mammalian perfection! And then – alone, friendless, shivering in the cold in your hopelessly ugly house – then you will rue the day you ever compared horses to – ” (he almost spits) ” – elongated cows.” “But, I mean, think about it. And if you try to offer my wife free health care to leave me, his company will offer her better health care to stay.” “What? I guess the price was so low that it was a no-brainer.” “But what about transaction costs?
But despite its taste for cannibalism, this village wishes to live in accordance with libertarian principles. She and the Traveler spoke in unison: “Nothing is true and everything is permissible.” “Come,” she said. The Infinitely Rich Man is also a strict Libertarian. (You try to talk other gas companies into competing, but they refuse; laying a new main for a single home would be absurd, they say.) But you have a wife! You both agree that it is better that she should accept. Slowly, he makes gasoline-powered transit obsolete. He buys the oil companies, burns the gasoline, and converts every gas pump to a charging station. Nett-Worth, pounding the table so hard his top hat and monocle almost fell off. I will bribe your friends never to speak to you again. Don’t you know all the things I can use my wealth to do to you in our perfectly libertarian society? I know this guy named David Friedman, whose hobby is designing weird insurance systems for anarcho-capitalist utopias based on, like, the laws of medieval Iceland or something.
However: if the boy refuses to be cannibalized, the village has a backup plan. No shopkeeper will sell him food, no hotel will give him a room, no hospital will treat him, no employer will hire him. It turned into a wind, then a whirlwind, and finally, a strange-looking man, dressed in silver with gold goggles. But then I was reading a political science book last month, and – well, isn’t it weird that we’re a perfectly libertarian society? ” “But it really only clicked a few weeks ago, when these goons from Mc Donalds broke into my house on a no-knock drug raid and shot my dog, and then muttered something about how surely I couldn’t object to private coercion.
He may leave the village, but it is certain death, for thousands of miles of desolate wolf-infested wilderness stand between him and other humans and he has no food. He is treated as nonexistent, as the villagers await his demise. The villagers then cannibalize his emaciated corpse, reasoning that they cannot be compelled to give him a dignified burial (plus he died on private property, collapsing in a flowerbed). Well, even if that village is a democracy, then 51% of the population can just vote to kill and eat him! Because that’s what your ‘democracy’ inevitably leads to! ” The delegates were only less dazed by the man’s speech than by his sudden appearance. Libertarians come to their position for a wide variety of reasons, including belief that bottom-up local knowledge makes better decisions than top-down absolutism, or that government intervention naturally favors the powerful, or that if you actually ask poor people what they want, it’s usually more money, not people taking choices away from them and treating them like children.
(The wilderness is also privately-owned, and he cannot pay the admission fee.) He is shunned and despised, left to wander the streets in a futile search for shelter and sustenance. Is eating the boy’s corpse after he dies the only potential violation of libertarian principles in the village? Finally, General Washington asked whether anyone wanted the floor. A fraction of libertarians – I think a small fraction, though I can’t prove it – are also believers in a deontological theory of natural rights which emphasizes non-aggression as the fundamental moral principle.
At first he was friendly, but soon you found yourselves in an argument about horses. Or perhaps you were against them, and he was for them. As you parted ways, you expected never to see the Infinitely Rich Man again. After all, you have a good job at a castanet factory. No more lake view, and your property value diminishes by 0,000. The one condition is that she divorce you, cut contact, and never speak with you again.
One day, you happened to meet the Infinitely Rich Man in a bar. She finds out that she will die, unless she goes on a treatment regimen for the rest of her life. The Infinitely Rich man pops up, and offers to pay.