"Should Blackmail Be Legal" Hanson/Zvi Debate (Sun July 26th, 3pm PDT)
post by Ben Pace (Benito)
score: 36 (10 votes) ·
This weekend's LessWrong event is a debate! Robin Hanson and Zvi Mowshowitz will be debating blackmail this coming Sunday.
The Zoom link is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85013937335. (Facebook event.)
We will release a recording and a transcript afterwards. There'll be a Q&A (live on Zoom).
See you there :)
Robin's initial post on the subject is Checkmate on Blackmail.
Zvi's initial post on the subject is Blackmail [LW · GW] (epistemic status: surprisingly controversial).
Paul Christiano and Tyler Cowen both wrote posts too, Checkmate on Blackmail? and Why should blackmail be illegal? respectively.
There's also a blackmail tag [? · GW] for various related posts (someone should write a description and add any missing posts).
Comments sorted by top scores.
comment by Zvi
· score: 19 (7 votes) · LW
) · GW
Congrats to Robin. He represented his side well. Looks like the crowd shifted substantially towards him after the debate.
I do not think I did as good a job, and in particular did not think to prepare concrete examples where legal blackmail would do harm, and had trouble thinking of good ones in the moment. Of course, now, it's easy to think of a list.
Part of that, ironically, is that I was afraid of my statements in a public form implicitly endorsing or admitting to something that could be used against me later.
comment by Czynski (JacobKopczynski)
· score: -30 (14 votes) · LW
) · GW
It seems pretty unlikely that this debate will have anything novel to add. Zvi is obviously in the right, and Robin hasn't displayed the ability to generate new ideas in five years.