From: "Brian D Williams" <email@example.com>
> That's just my center-of-the-universe perspective, ;) all those
> countrys are "west" of Chicago. (I've always traveled west to get
Well, they're "west" of California too, so de Soto's use of the word makes us
both easterners I guess.
> The interesting part about his theory is that you can examine a
> capitalist country (almost a thousand collegues are doing just
> that) and make predictions based on the sophistication of this
> necessary infrastructure. That and you can make corrections in
> existing economies, and have an actual testable plan of how to get
> from there to here.
> They're economists with dirt under their fingernails.
Soap and water and a brush can clean their fingernails... Correcting existing
economies is another story. Because someone (with powerful connections
probably) is profiting from the existing economies, its not just a matter of
adjusting and building infrastructure, but also of displacing socialist
bureaucrats. Do you feel that de Soto is justified in referring to his subject
as a "mystery"?
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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment
We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.
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