RE: More Green Party

From: Joseph 1 (
Date: Fri Jun 30 2000 - 08:21:50 MDT

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James Rogers wrote on Thursday, June 29, 2000 5:06 PM

> Most innovation in the world is driven by self-interest, whether it
> is a profit motive or simply curiousity and knowledge-seeking as
> its own reward. All these activities that lead to innovation
> require an
> investment by the individual, be it time, money, or some other form
> of investment. Most innovation is done either by wealthy
> individuals, who have the option of pursuing their interest at
> their leisure, or
> individuals who are supported by wealthy entities expressly for the
> purpose of pursuing interests that may not be economically
> productive.

Are you saying that governments cannot innovate? Corporations cannot
innovate? What makes you think that individuals are required for
innovation? Was the space program the product of a single individual?
Was it pursued strictly for economic goals? What individual developed
the atomic bomb in his basement? Governments (and government-like
entities) drive innovation all the time; they represent the best way
to concentrate the resources (both material and manpower) to realize
those innovations.

Joseph 1

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