Re: Gov't loves gov't

James Daugherty (
Fri, 23 Jan 1998 07:33:14 -0500

All systems except the market depend on granting extensive powers to
others...only the market system leaves me and other individuals free. There is
no effective way know to grant extensive powers to others without subjecting
oneself to extensive exploitation. Of course, we live in an extremely hampered
market system rife with exploitation and only a small amount of market wiggle

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-----Original Message-----
From: John K Clark <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, January 22, 1998 2:11 PM
Subject: Gov't loves gov't

|On Thu, 22 Jan 1998 Charlie Stross <> Wrote:
| >It [the market] works better than any of the known alternatives,
| >I'll concede that much. Question: why the hell isn't anyone looking
| >for new, hitherto-unknown, alternatives?
|It's true that there are an infinite number of systems, and it's also
|true that due to a bad chip in my Quantum Computer I have been unable to
|examine each and every system individually. I have however managed to examine
|all the simple ones, and the vast majority of systems can be eliminated
|immediately because they are too complicated to be of any use.
|If I want to sell something, and you want to buy, we agree on a price and
|make the exchange, end of story. It's understandable to both of us, it's
|simple, it's elegant, it works. A system that was as simple as the market and
|worked as well, would have been found by now, and as I have not heard any
|reports of this interesting development, leads me to believe that it does not
|exist. A protocol that needs 10 years of super computer time before I can buy
|a can od beer is not better than the market, regardless of what it's other
|virtues may be.
| John K Clark
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