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Ep. 271 The Economics of Reparations and the Danger of AI

Bob first explains his long-held position on the economics of slavery and reparations, and then applies it to the debate over the danger of superintelligent machines.

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.

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  1. MilqueToast on 05/19/2023 at 8:25 PM

    A very insightful commentary on the issues related to the ideas of reparations – both from a group and individualist perspective.

    One objection to reparations dogma that I felt came up short in your exploration was that the burden of proof for the claim that “whites today enjoy greater prosperity due to past structural racism” rests on the affirmative and has never been delivered. It remains an allegation only.

    I’ll add that one *significant* argument *for* reparations that you did not consider was that reparations *are* currently owed by the group receiving net coerced (enslavement) tax money from another:

    The current generation of blacks (living) owe a median of 500,000 $ per person to the whites and asians, based on net tax take. That’s a coercive wealth transfer — a taking of labor without compensation and de-facto partial enslavement.

    As long as we’re accepting the racial group categories promoted by the left, that’s the actual, correct application of their reparations-by-race creed, based on actual proveable enslavement of those alive today.

    Perhaps that modest proposal is best left to the comments section though.


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