An Open Letter to Effective Altruists: Economic Growth and Free Cities
Mark Lutter

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,, 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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