Re: playing catch-up

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 11:36:01 MST

> > Our disagreement, if there is one, is that I believe that this
> > limitation will become a /more/ significant factor limiting
> > wealth as we advance, and you seem to contend that it will
> > become less of a factor, and that more of our wealth will be
> > informational and such. Your scenario is quite possible, and
> > I won't discount it out of hand, but I can't share it. No matter
> > how much wealth we create over and above natural resources,
> > someone with more natural resources can still create more than
> > someone with less.
> Except for raw matter and energy, what but information and
> technology to use the information would be of benefit after
> deployment of full MNT? How would having other "natural
> resources" be of great advantage. I honestly don't see how.

I'm talking about mass-energy. Are you not listening? Am I
not speaking plain English? There is, essentially, no natural
resource other than mass-energy. But one is enough.

> > Yep, I'm one of those. Owned things get put to effective use;
> > things in the commons are inevitably destroyed and neglected.
> Doesn't it bother you that it is literally impossible to impose
> ownership on every erg of energy? Do you not understand the
> values of commons to innovation?

Two different questions: for one, I reject your childish
we-can't-be-perfect-so-let's-not-try-at-all argument. Ownership
of things works well, today, as it has for centuries, and as
it likely will in the future. As for the second question, I
recognize the value of the public domain of ideas for innovation,
which is why I oppose intellectual property. But no, I do not
in any way recognize that the concept of shared ownership of
capital goods is beneficial in any way to humanity.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
"All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC

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