Re: Einstein on socialism [was: Re: Dyson (Was: Paths to Uploading)

Randall Randall (
Sat, 9 Jan 1999 17:17:52 -0500

On Sat, 09 Jan 1999, David A. Kekich wrote:
>Mike Linksvayer wrote:

>> There is no certainty that a purely capitalistic economy would
>> have enriched Einstein. Perhaps he would have found it easier
>> to make lots of money. Producing "good stuff" isn't enough --
>> you have to get other people to pay you for your stuff.
>> Discoveries in theoretical physics are pretty hard to leverage
>> into a really large fortune.
> Under pure capitalism, use of ideas without compensation would be
>theft. Einstein would have eventually prospered.

An idea is not a "thing", and cannot be property without coercive enforcement of the monopoly.
I agree that Einstein would probably have prospered; I just don't think that pure capitalism will include property rights in other people's minds.

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