Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Best Description of Political Leanings in a Think Tank Paper

Think tankers often describe their politics leanings as conservative, or liberal, or moderate.  Those are way too safe and boring.

In a Cato Unbound essay, Eliezer Yudkowsky, co-founder of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, describes his politics leanings in a much more precise way:
When people ask me about my politics these days, I sometimes describe myself as “a very small-‘l’ libertarian.” I am—like many libertarians, in my admittedly skewed Silicon Valley experience—just another pot-decriminalizing, prostitution-supporting, computer-programming, science-fiction-reading, Bayesian-statistics-promoting, mainstream-economics-respecting, sex-positive, money-positive, polyamorous atheistic transhumanist government-distrusting minarchist.

Cato Unbound is the monthly only magazine and discussion forum of the libertarian think tank Cato Institute.  Each month is presents a big-picture topic by an important thinker.  Its current editor is Jason Kuznicki.