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Journal smittyoneeach's Journal: Great Samizdata quote 8

If you want to introduce someone to libertarian thinking, encourage them to try this experiment. Spend a few days reading nothing but technology news. Then spend a few days reading nothing but political news. For the first few days theyâ(TM)ll see an exciting world of innovation and creativity where everything is getting better all the time. In the second period theyâ(TM)ll see a miserable world of cynicism and treachery where everything is falling apart. Then ask them to explain the difference.

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  • Marketing dollars shaping perception and passive consumption.

    • Yep- I've had far to many projects canceled at the 4 month mark to believe that anything shapes tech other than hype and stock market con artistry. Real geeks will work on tech regardless of if they get paid for it. This bears as much resemblance to a libertarian free market as a pig does to a rat.

    • It costs money to put information in the market.
      I guess we sort of part ways, philosophically, in that I don't consider the notion of business, itself, as evil.
      Didn't Paul of Tarsus, for example, make tents, forasmuch as to sell?
      • Trade, in equitable exchange for the fruits of one's labours - this not what is meant by business and commerce today.

        To propose this is disingenuous or foolish.

        • No, the ideas are fundamentally the same. You can argue complexity or something, I suppose.

          equitable exchange for the fruits of one's labours

          Before asserting I'm "disingenuous or foolish", you might define all of those terms, in isolation and combination.
          If you're going to play some http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage [wikipedia.org] card on me, Imma laugh in your browser, via internet proxy.

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