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I totally agree. I think such places aren't
public lists or even closed door communities,
and given individual choices, difficult to sustain
and cohere. I believe toleration, self-restraint
and compassion are the way humans govern themselves
well. Rand did figure out the need for these; she
said that one can't compel them of individuals
by force. Balance is between duty to the greater
good and wealth through understanding these are interdependent
and meet in social work, but that social work in and
of itself, that society is not granted rights over
the individual work without recompense and recognition.
Otherwise, individuals are slaves to the abstraction
of "the people" and this is just as intolerable as
slavery to a government.
That said, self-restraint means not carrying forward
with this thread.
Back to angle brackets for some. I have to go
back to coding in a dead database language that
refuses to quit walking the earth at night, but a
day of coding beats a day of reading RFPs anyday. :-)
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I think I'm looking more for a place where developers can work and share
without concern for business $$ or even recognition from the world. No
need to take our toys and go home, no need to stop the motor of the
Heck, I can even read the W3C as the Galt folks, taking their toys
behind a veil of secrecy and issuing pronouncements we should all
recognize as wisdom and follow. Such geniuses have no need for that
collective-responsibility stuff called accountability.
Without the openness and sharing - two things Ayn Rand never figured out
- there just isn't much point to doing it at all.