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Free Healthcare for Everyone

“If people don’t have to pay, they will overuse”

“When people have to pay, they won’t get treatment”

“They have to pay anyway, in the form of higher premiums or taxes”

“They don’t connect higher taxes or deficits with going to the doctor more: it isn’t salient enough to benefit from price sensitivity”

“Increasing access to healthcare means chronically unemployed will get jobs after getting treatment”

“No. Spending more money on disabled people just means they go to the doctor more. They won’t get jobs because they are disabled.”

“There is low-hanging fruit, such as treating addiction.”

“It is immoral for homeless drug addicts to free ride off my taxes and get better healthcare.”

“Those homeless drug addicts will get off the street, start paying taxes, and become functioning citizens if they get treatment.”

“They are just trading a drug for another drug.”

“Type 2 diabetes is “self-inflicted” and treatment includes medication.”

“Type 2 diabetics never lied, cheated, and stole from the society to get sugar.”

“Most of those homeless drug addicts who are addicted to heroin got started because of shady marketing and leadership practices by big pharma through elected leadership.”

“Well healthcare costs are already out of control. Reducing the out of pocket costs will only reduce price-sensitivity because the costs are too far removed. Especially when government deficits seem to be increasing indefinitely.”

“Those deficits are not just a function of spending. It also has to do with reducing taxes. If we want to lower the deficit, companies should also have to pay taxes.”

“TAXING CORPORATIONS CAUSES LESS OF AN INCENTIVE TO INNOVATE.”

“If they reduce their net income (taxable income) by increasing investment into research and development, it could have the opposite effect. Not taxing corporations with huge profits and cash on the balance sheet reduces the incentive to incur expenses.”

“That doesn’t matter! What matters is the headlines, not the details. Two words: Animal Spirits.”

“So we are increasing the deficit so that big corporations can pay less taxes, but are reluctant to invest in treating addiction caused by poorly regulating big corporations? There seems to be something wrong with that.”

“Those homeless drug addicts deserve what they got! It is there fault, and this is all just a mirage to relieve them of their deserved shame.”

“Introducing morality into medicine is a lingering disease from centuries ago. Treat addiction so these people can be functioning members of society, instead of in an endless cycle that is killing millions.”

“Trading a drug for a drug is just trading addiction for addiction!”

“Tell that to the parents who lost children, and the children who lost parents. That attitude is contributing to the death, but is a valid concern because of how pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals contributed to this mess.”

Controversial Issues

Universal Basic Income

“People in a society that has the means should have their basic needs met.”

“Being made to provide for others infringes on my freedom; people should earn their keep.”

“Humans are not free until self-actualization; if a society can provide freedom to all, it should.”

“Our society cannot afford to give enough money for everyone to live.”

“If technology automates the jobs and leaves profits, we can tax the capital for a freedom dividend.”

“If people don’t have to work, they won’t work: a Universal Basic Income is bad for progress”

“If people don’t have to work because they live in a rich successful society, they will be free to contribute back to the society that provided them that freedom.”

Questions

Do we live in a society that can afford financial freedom for every citizen? What effect would this have on purchasing power? Is it possible to tax capital in a way to lower the deficit, provide a Universal Basic Income, and grow the economy by incentivizing technological advancement? Is a UBI (Universal Basic Income) the first step in an unraveling of the global financial system to a chaotic meltdown, the beginning of the end of history, or has their not been enough technological advancement, so our society cannot yet afford it?

@argumentlabs, you forgot… [insert response here]

Argument Labs Mission

About Argument Labs

Argument Labs is an answer to the increasing politicization and radicalization of our information. When you want the viewpoints for an issue, listed in plain English, you can come here.

Our System

“How could that be possible?” says a reasonable person, pointing out that everyone has biases, and it is impossible to remove them from our media, no matter how “meta” the source.

Yes, this is the problem, but Argument Labs has a solution. The solution needed to remove the possibility of bias like Six Sigma removes the possibility of operational error. Thus, a new standard for appraisal of bias was born.

How Does it Work?

Well, Argument Labs actually simplified the process of reporting the issues. From the wisdom of TL;DR (too long, didn’t read), and time lost to furiously scrolling and scanning, I say, “Make that more meta”.

You know that feeling of satisfaction when you don’t have to read an article, because a great summary is right at the top? That. Then we grade the sentence from liberal to conservative and convert that into a color. This way you know at a glance the viewpoint, and also the political leaning.

I Object!

“This will never work because of the possibility for misunderstanding,” says anyone who understands that part of the system. I get it; explaining complicated issues in a few words and colors seems impossible. Enter proof by contradiction.

Proof by Contradiction?

Bounce. Okay, bye. Proof by contradiction is a most important mathematical proof technique, where the mathematician assumes the opposite of what they are trying to prove and then finds a contradiction. Then the proof ends and they say they have proved it.

This is a part of the system to remove bias from reporting the issues because it allows for a realization of the other part of that part of the issue to be formed in the reader’s mind, thereby removing the bias by exploring the other bias; breaking the viewpoint down isn’t enough… it is then necessary to explore the opposite of each smallest part. QED.

Argument Labs means finding every opinion and assembling it into a piece of truth. It is a quest to archive each viewpoint in plain English.

But Wait, There’s More!

Marketing, social psychology, and behavioral economics all want the answer to one question: how do we make people change their habits? I have the answer: get them to do something different. This is a gross oversimplification – they need to be incentivized properly.

Argument Labs cannot argue with only itself and find, condense, and report the truth. It needs the Wisdom of the Crowd. Therefore, to be inclusive of all viewpoints, democratization will be necessary.

1, 2, 3…

  1. Pick a topic
  2. Write down all of the viewpoints for the topic, condense each to a sentence
  3. Find it’s opposite
  4. Grade the viewpoints from Conservative to Liberal on a scale from 1-1000
  5. Color the text
  6. Publish
  7. Crowdsource new viewpoints
  8. Iterate from 3

In this way, Argument Labs will research viewpoints on all issues, then make some quizzes to help people find their political leanings.

Argument Labs means finding every piece of truth and assembling it into an opinion. It is a quest to archive each viewpoint in plain English.
There are many issues, and each issue could mean more division. Everyone wants to know the truth, but there are few unbiased sources of information. Argument Labs is a simple system for communicating the truth.

Numbers

“This sounds interesting, but how is it possible to convert a viewpoint into a number?” says anyone who understands how hard it is to communicate effectively. Yes, it might seem impossible, but here are a couple of ways it might be possible.

Sentiment Analysis is an application of NLP (Natural Language Processing) that uses artificial intelligence to extract sentiment from text. This means that it converts text into a number, just like we want. There are problems to this, to be discussed later.

Crowdsourcing is the same tool to be used to gather the data. We can just get more data points and do statistical magic on them to, you guessed it, implement sentiment analysis.

Problem with Sentiment Analysis to Rate Opinions

The problems of using Artificial Intelligence for anything is that there might not be enough data or the data might not be good enough. There might not be enough because it could be hard to find data that is labelled as “liberal” and “conservative”. The quality of the data can be an issue because the old adage, “garbage in, garbage out” is especially true when it comes to machine learning.

There is hope, though! Sometimes statistics wizards can label their own data, essentially, using a technique called “clustering”. Furthermore, natural language processing is hot! hot! hot right now, and so is open-source software. As Argument Labs grows, the chances are good that it can spread the truth, the first step in educating people.

Argument Labs is an answer to the increasing politicization and radicalization of our information. When you want the viewpoints for an issue, listed in plain English, you can come here.

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