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Alain Rogister scripsit:
> Did I really sound like I ignored that ? I wrote that "the only hope for
> mankind is that we find the right
> balance between cooperation/community and competition". During the 20th
> century, the gap between the wealthy and the poor has broadened at lot, even
> if wealth has globally increased.
This is a very good point. The prescriptions of economists are generally
about maximizing utility summed over everybody, without much concern for
how it winds up being distributed. Henry George was an honorable
exception, and the closest thing to libertarianism I can accept.
I didn't mention "monopoly" in my previous reply for nothing.
> Well, yes it means the approach is unproven at best, I'd even say it has
> been proven by painful experience that such grandiose visions always lead to
> large-scale human disaster.
Whoever rules by intellect
is a curse upon the land.
Whoever rules by ignorance
is a blessing on it.
To understand these things
is to have a pattern and a model,
and to understand the pattern and the model
is mysterious power.
--Tao Te Ching 65, stanza 2 (LeGuin trans.)
John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.reutershealth.com
I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_