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comment by Dagon · 2021-05-01T15:28:08.183Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Alternate conception (overstated, but no more so than your framing):

And for the losers?  Most of them actually have it pretty good, by any historical standard.

I don't know how much interaction you've had with the general public.  I've met an insignificant number of people, and a massively biased sample at that.  But even so, I can confirm your assertion that the vast majority is ill-equipped to significantly contribute.  I'm not sure why you'd say that it's a harm for the incompetent to be disenfranchised.  It's not that anyone is excluded from their human potential, it's that the human potential is highly variable and most are reaching theirs.

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comment by Viliam · 2021-05-01T22:28:36.504Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

It's not that anyone is excluded from their human potential

We are much closer to this ideal than the historical standard, but the sentence still feels mostly false to me.