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47 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 04 December 2007 04:40PM

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Comment author: TGGP4 04 December 2007 08:46:56PM 4 points [-]

there are about as many communists in the world as there are Christians. Really? There are a lot of Christians. From what I've read, virtually nobody in China is a communist now, just as people had stopped believing in the last days of the Soviet Union. In North Korea or among the rebels of Nepal there are still true-believers, but I don't think there are as many as there are Christians.

In general I like having a norm against using force when people make bad arguments. I deplore the anti-fascist fascists who seem to be the primary enemies of free speech today. At the same time I recognize that in some situations it could hypothetically be the case that free speech leads to bad outcomes, in which case I'd be alright with restricting it. I think such cases would be fantastically rare and would likely only occur during a civil war (a category I don't consider wars of secession to be members of). I recognize though that in normal situations giving a directive/command as opposed to an argument for something should be treated as solicitation of an act. Stephan Kinsella discusses that in Causality and Aggression.

Comment author: trickster 10 February 2018 07:10:12PM 0 points [-]

I think that you can't count most of the Chinese as non-communist. Centralized propoganda is a strong weapon and shouldn't be discounted. When people first start doubting church dogmas- in most part they developped a some kinds of heresy, not an atheism. So, they doesn't believe in offical religion, but for outer observer point of view - they beliefs was almost indistingushable from offical dogma. And in the example with Soviet Union- communist party still exsicte tin Russia. It's influence slowly dyied out, but right after the disintegration of Soviet Union they have a really good chance to win elections