Re: A Challenge To All Extropians/Free Martketeers

Paul Hughes (
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 01:23:45 -0700

Dan Fabulich wrote:

> Paul Hughes wrote:
> >What is their alternative? Sounds to me like anarcho-capitalists don't
> give a
> >damn about the poor ~80% of the world!
> Hey! I do! I also happen to think they'll be just fine under capitalism,
> thankyouverymuch.

Yes I know you do Dan and your arguments have been compelling, but your eqaution
still included the *necessity* of work. With increasing automation why should we
be forced to choose between work and destitution?

> Uhm... How about people work, buy their upgrades, and live posthumanly
> ever after?

Great idea! Assuming that people will have enough money to do that. :-)

> Grrr. Last time I write an essay for YOU, smarty pants. :p

I should have been more precise in excluding you. You have come closest to
addressing my concerns. I am quite grateful for your input depite my smarty-pants
shoulder-chip. :-)

> Well, first of all, as I think I may have already showed, it's very likely
> that people will WANT to work. There's always another planet to colonize,
> after all. ;) So this question may be ill-founded.

Work as forced labor which it is now is definitly something I DON'T WANT TO DO.
Working on colonizing space - that wouldnt be forced. You'd have to pay me alot
of money to keep me from doing that kind of work!

> Hell, if
> there's even one charitable organization interested in distributing food,
> and it becomes cheap enough to do so freely, we can expect that
> organization to distribute food like there was no tomorrow. Similarly, I'm
> imagining free hospitals set up to advertise other goods... stuff like
> that. We've dealt with water in abundance, we can deal with honey just as
> easily.
> Satisfied?

Getting there! :-)