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149 Post author: Yvain 13 September 2010 09:36PM

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Comment author: mattnewport 14 September 2010 04:29:37PM 15 points [-]

Here's my alternative explanation for your triads which, while obviously a caricature, is no more so than yours and I think is more accurate: un-educated / academic / educated non-academic.

Essentially your 'contrarian' positions are the mainstream positions you are more or less required to hold to build a successful academic (or media) career. Some academics can get away with deviation in some areas (at some cost to their career prospects) but relatively few are willing to risk it. Intelligent, educated individuals who have not been subject to excessive exposure to academic groupthink are more likely to take your meta-contrarian positions.

See also Moldbug's thoughts on the University.

Comment author: nick012000 29 September 2010 11:22:30AM *  3 points [-]

Seems to me like a (hopefully Friendly) seed AI is more likely to provide the "Schelling point" that'd provide an alternative to the modern US government than any sort of reactionary "antiversity".

EDIT: Come to think of it, a libertarian space society could probably do it, too, much the same way as the Soviet Union always had "surrender to the US" as an eject button.