This 4-page paper by Ben Green should be recommended reading for all working programmers.

"Good" is not enough

@njoseph The whole paper is great, but this point stood out for me: "But although a greedy strategy can be useful for simple problems, it is unreliable in complex search spaces: we may quickly find a local maximum, but will be stuck there, far from a broad terrain of better solutions. Computer scientists would never accept a greedy algorithm for complex optimization problems, and similarly should not accept a reformist strategy for complex political problems."

@cstanhope @njoseph
maybe we should try sth like annealing - we keep in mind the latest working political system, and then we keep going through a few ones that result in millions of people being killed. Then if we don't find a better system after a few decades, we go back to the one we remembered.

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