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David Balan and Robin Hanson, two of the smartest voices on Overcoming Bias, are having a debate on Paternalism this Wednesday evening at GMU. The title: "Paternalistic Policy: Altruism or Arrogance?"
Given that this debate will resolve this important question for all time, I have to ask: Should everyone in the region be required to attend?
A debate at 6:00 in the evening? That makes it pretty much impossible for those working in the district to attend. If it were at all feasible I would certainly go.
So maybe the solution is to force my entire office to attend.
If everyone *anywhere* is required to attend, and expenses are paid ... I'm there!
How paternalistic of you! Clearly you're on Balan's side.
Forcing everyone to attend would be counterproductive. It would only create a black market in alternative Wednesday evening activities. I think the children would lose out the most.
I would suggest that it be compulsory for those nearby whom are the subjects of this debate.
Bah, that should be who, not whom.
Ack! Arg! Would definitely love to see this (and the rest of the GMU econ staff in hot debate action), but prior plans dictate. Sooner notice next time?