An Open Letter to Effective Altruists: Economic Growth and Free Cities
Mark Lutter
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Relevant to this discussion is a discussion of the value of economic growth. EAs who are focused on reducing existential risk instead of alleviating global poverty may also still favor working on reducing x-risks to working on promoting economic growth for similar reasons. Following what Nick Bostrom calls the Maxipok rule (maximizing the probability of an OK outcome, http://www.existential-risk.org/concept.pdf), increasing economic growth may be seen as a roughly neutral value thing rather than as a way to increase our probability of achieving an okay outcome.

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