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You Can Do Futarchy Yourself

Long ago, in the year 2000, Robin Hanson raised the question of whether we should vote on values and bet on beliefs.



June 13, 2020

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Fallacies Detected:

No True Scotsman, Appeal to Authority, Hasty Generalization

credAIble Evaluation:

The text explores the concept of futarchy, a governance model proposed by Robin Hanson, where values are voted on and beliefs are bet through a market mechanism to decide policies based on predicted outcomes. It acknowledges the complexities and potential obstacles to implementing futarchy, such as the resistance from those who would lose power and the practical challenges of creating effective prediction markets. The author skeptically evaluates the feasibility of adopting futarchy within existing political systems, suggesting that entrenched interests and the structural limitations of representative democracy pose significant barriers. However, the piece also presents a personal approach to applying futarchy principles through the use of prediction platforms like Metaculus, suggesting that individuals can influence their political decision-making by relying on forecasted outcomes of policies. This narrative maintains a neutral stance towards futarchy, highlighting both its innovative approach to governance and the practical challenges it faces. The logical fallacies identified, such as appealing to authority by referencing experts and generalized claims about the effectiveness of prediction markets versus traditional polling, indicate a reliance on specific examples to support broader arguments. The "No True Scotsman" fallacy is subtly implied in the dismissal of less rigorous attempts to apply futarchy principles, suggesting a somewhat idealized view of what genuine implementation would entail.

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