Nov 17, 2019 2:42 AM
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"In general I think - demands about the contents of peoples' heads - should be held to a much higher standard than demands about what people do. And for international politics you really don't even gain anything from it, and so demanding it is a bad sign."

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"Do people do it anyway?"

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"Not for international politics, not really. Internally, sure, most rulers try to surround themselves with people who are personally loyal and not just well-incentivized. And yet countries where you can't really do that for whatever reason do seem better to me - it's another hard thing to study, this is just my impression - than countries where you can."

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"Hmmm."

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"Personal loyalty is a much higher-variance sort of way of doing things, and that means that societies that run on it are harder to predict for their inhabitants, and that is bad."

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"I guess that makes sense."

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"It's a fine way to pick friends. Just a bad way to pick allies."

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Nod.

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"Also, peoples' values are pretty malleable. If you want to work with people who share a value of yours, you can always set up society to promote that kind of value, and then you'll have lots and lots to choose from."

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Snort.

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Aitim has his secret and non-secret meetings.

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The non-secret ones are interesting.

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And he does not feel so guilty about working late with Lintalai!

 

 

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Good.

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