What would an EA do in the american revolution?

post by quinn · 2021-01-07T12:58:48.993Z · EA · GW · No comments

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I think this is an important question.

1. Can any factions, dynamics, tendencies, individuals be thought of as "protagonists" from an EA perspective?

2. Could you make this determination in real time?

3. What factions, dynamics, tendencies, individuals were missing? 

Feel free to assume that you'd start from some privilege (can read and write, mostly), if you want to factor out a heroic rags to riches prologue. 

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answer by itaibn · 2021-01-08T00:37:31.799Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Gwern argues here against supporting the American revolution.

comment by joshjacobson · 2021-01-10T09:24:47.551Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

It's worth noting that a large part of the argument there (but far from all of it) would not apply to this question unless you were in such an influential position that you could have a meaningful effect on whether or not the war took place at all.

answer by quinn · 2021-01-07T13:03:30.608Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

My first guess, based on the knowledge I have, is that the abolitionist faction was good, and that supporting them would be necessary for an EA in that time (but maybe not sufficient). Additionally, my guess is that I'd be able to determine this in real time. 

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