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  1. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    As a result of this thread I now believe that my idea of a perfect society would be a benevolent dictatorship where a super-intelligent and perfectly moral AI creates a perfectly capitalist government with eternal unchanging laws and itself as our eternal "dictator". Ideally it would create enforce the law with super-accurate space weapons (satellite-mounted lasers and thor's hammer type weapons) and various force-field shields to protect against counter-threats. There'd be no voting or need for elected officials and moral laws would be enforced by it or it's proxies (police, military, drones, cyborgs). Kind of like the movie Terminator, but with a moral entity in charge.
  2. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    Don't know how Eiuol will answer, but drop fake New Zealand idea, and insert a proper ideal capitalist country they should be welcome in any number. What they wouldn't be welcome to do is act on any of their beliefs or be allowed to meet together in CapitalistWorld to plan any such acts. Either would be clearly illegal and should lead to quick arrests of all involved with stiff sentences. There is a huge difference between moral people meeting and organizing the overthrow of immoral government for proper ones, and the opposite case of evil people meeting and organizing the overthrow of a moral government. Their is a natural asymmetry that allows for opposite actions in each case.
  3. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    This is an (valid) argument against representational democracies which should all cease to exist. It's not an argument for the prohibition of the overthrow of improper governments. If a group developed vastly superior technology relative to the current status quo while promoting a promoting a switch to a proper (capitalist) government it would be the greatest travesty of justice in the history of mankind if they didn't use their vastly superior technology to overthrow every current government in existence and institute a proper one. No improper government has the right to exist nor does it have the right to outlaw it's own overthrow for a proper government. It's only because of the context that people don't possess this superior tech that it is proper to simply try to slowly change current governments such that they don't martyr themselves to a system that is impossible to change quickly NOT because sedition laws are valid in a vacuum.
  4. EC

    The Case for Open Objectivism

    While you are probably right to some degree, there is also very little to be gained from having such a debate or proving him wrong. This debate and proof has already happened countless times and in countless ways. Ignore and move on is a legitimate tactic versus things like this when people don't want waste precious time and energy arguing against something they know with certainty is wrong. It's the same as not wanting to waste time arguing with flat-earthers or creationists. And you definitely don't want them to be able to use whatever legitimate credentials or accomplishments they happen to possess to push irrational, wrong, and/or evil ideas. It's possible for someone that has legitimate achievements to have gone off the deep end, like in this particular case. Personally, I don't think being the first to discover the double-helix of DNA is even very significant, it was a discovery that was going to be made because of technology. I'm holding this type of discovery apart from things that require the intuitional leap of a genius as in creating the General Theory of Relativity.
  5. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    I knew that would be your objection to what I said. No, but I didn't mean this by rights. You know what I meant, and it wasn't the alternative definition that includes things like voting in local elections. But to be explicit, voting is more of a privilege of certain citizens than it is a right.
  6. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    Which is why I question it. There is nothing wrong in reality with overthrowing (improper) governments (all that exist currently). And "feel" in this context means to use intuitive knowledge, and is an extremely powerful tool for analyzing reality. And lol at bitching at me as if you are superior.
  7. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    Non-American's should have identical rights to American's. Which should have the same rights as people from the Andromeda galaxy, which should have the same rights as a non-biological rational entity 40-billion light-years away. The rights of all rational entities are supposed to be identical in any/all locations. This assumes we are talking about ideal societies of course, how things are now here in America/the world at large are completely irrelevant. On a separate note, it would be awesome if we could put ourselves into suspended animation until a capitalist society is created instead of being forced to live in evil societies filled with 99.9999% evil people like today.
  8. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    No present governments have the right to exist, as they all do this to a degree including here in America. I acknowledge that there is a immense gap between the horrors of Nazi Germany and the relative "horrors" of a mixed state, but it's still a matter of degree (huge) and not a fundamental difference. On reflection, I keep interjecting these things because of the "promoting to overthrow the government" thing. A switch to full capitalism would require the present government's "overthrow", although I suppose most people want a slow switch to it. While that's better than no switch, I see nothing wrong with a quick bloodless coup either (although I think there's close to zero chance that will happen anytime in the near future either). In other words, it feels like you're saying that capitalists shouldn't "promote" capitalism, as a future capitalist government would require the "overthrow" of a present non-capitalist government.
  9. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    In regards to the above it was nice to see the following in my newsfeed: https://www.forbes.com/sites/waynecrews/2019/01/14/if-the-government-shutdown-falls-short-of-armageddon-we-should-rethink-the-other-75-percent-too/#4171747412e6 Some traction in a positive direction for once anyway.
  10. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    I think it being shut down is the best thing that's happened since the last shutdown. The reason for the shutdown is pretty idiotic, but that it's been shut down for the longest period in history is pretty awesome. Here's to it never re-opening.
  11. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    They are and should be free to do so. They have the right to be "closet" Nazi's but they don't have the freedom to act on their beliefs or recruit others since "recruitment" is a form of acting on rights-denying beliefs.
  12. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    I don't think there is a person alive who wants the American government as it currently exists to continue to exist though. Leftists want a more socialist or communist government. Those on the right want, um something, not sure exactly what they want; a socialist government that they won't admit is socialist and is socialist in different ways than the Leftists, I suppose. And us capitalists want a capitalist government. Everyone wants a different American government, so essentially everyone is "guilty" of this in essence. I doubt there is very few to no people who want or like the government we currently have.
  13. EC

    The Case for Open Objectivism

    Nobel Laureate Dr. Watson was stripped of various honors for the same type of claims as being made in this thread recently. https://news.sky.com/story/dna-pioneer-james-watson-stripped-of-honours-after-reckless-race-remarks-11606108 I'm glad in a thread about "open" Objectivism that Azrael self-stripped himself of terming himself an Objectivist for the same/similar beliefs that are anti-Objectivist and now calls himself a Utilitarian of some flavor which fits. From the Lexicon: Sorry but Objectivism isn't "open" to racism, mob rule of majorities, rights violations, or sacrifice of any kind or under any circumstances.
  14. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    I just want to note that I think it's strange that you termed this "she claims". While literally true, it also seems to imply that you may not agree with the quoted passage or that there is an alternative. There are exactly zero other ways to form concepts other than the second half of the clause given the first half. Sorry for the partial derail.
  15. EC

    Immigration restrictions

    This discusses an "early"/current version. As time goes on it will improve to near perfection. https://www.popsci.com/artificial-intelligence-lie-detector
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