You can watch the video below only if you promise to read David Thompson’s post on it first. It’s important that you do that: it’s not fair for me to reproduce it in full here, and it’s just too good to miss.
OK, you did that? Excellent. Here’s the video:
OK, see why I don’t mind funding the NEA?
Precisely: if we let somebody like Teixeira just wander around loose to try to find his own food, clothing and shelter, chances are excellent that when he finally autodarwinates* he’d accidentally take somebody with a net positive use to society with him.
So, it’s not so much a government subsidy as it is life insurance.
*Thank you, Charlie Stross. But for the love of God, give up the grudge, OK? They’re out of office and it’s turning out that they got it right anyway. Drop the series as a bad job and just write the next Bob Howard novel.
…oh. Right. Should have checked first. Never mind…