Re: Property Rights

Raymond G. Van De Walker (
Tue, 25 May 1999 23:17:01 PDT

On Mon, 24 May 1999 13:46:39 -0500 "Billy Brown" <> writes:
>I have two simple questions for those who have expressed anti-property
>opinions on this thread.
>To those who have suggested that we should abandon any sort of
>system, I have a more fundamental question. A system of property
>exists to
>answer the basic question "Who decides what will be done with any

Gosh, what a wonderful question!

Why don't we become a big hive mind, and then since we will all be "I", I will own everything, and I can do whatever I think best?

It looks to me like property is really a caching solution to a communication problem. We vest resource rights in local processors (people) because it's too hard to transfer the knowledge of individuals using our low-bit rate natural languages.

Also, people have different genomes, and thus different evolutionary accounts to which the resource are totted-up. Still, this seems soluble, too, since 99% of human genomes are shared.

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