Re: which bill in which washington?

Christian Weisgerber (
29 Oct 1998 21:44:49 +0100

In article <>, Emmanuel Charpentier <> wrote:

> What do you think, you all great thinkers, about a model of economy
> of abundance where the goal is not money but reputation??? (or did you
> talk about it before?)

That's the closest thing to utopia I can think of. Of course, not everybody might share this view.

The idea must have been around for some time. A SFnal treatment is James P. Hogan's novel _Voyage From Yesteryear_ (1982), where he speculates how a society would develop when everybody's material needs are fulfilled. The result is a Libertarian "society", where people indeed strive for reputation and recognition from others in their field of choice (arts, science, engineering, ...).

I'm not sure whether it was in Raymond's "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" or a followup paper, but the analysis that this model is behind the Open Source community is convincing.

Christian "naddy" Weisgerber        
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