Re: BASICS: Free Market

Paul Hughes (
Wed, 29 Apr 1998 08:08:56 -0700 wrote:

> I sent this yesterday but it never came back from the list...
> Paul Hughes [] wrote:
> >Is your *particular* free-market philosophy so weak that it cannot withstand
> >debate? And you call yourself an extropian? If you can't deal with healthy
> >debate within your own community (I am an extropian and have been so for at >least
> >8 years) how to you expect to deal with it in the rest of the world?
> Gee, I've only heard this debate about, ooh, maybe three hundred times on
> this list and others; it's pointless and I have no interest in it. I don't
> subscribe to this list for discussions I've already heard three hundred
> times before, which could be avoided if you and others would just read a
> few of the books on the reading list.

Oh yes, I have read most of the books your referring too and several others *not* on THE LIST. I have heard this debate about that many times
too! And it has yet to adequately address the challenge I set forth at the beginning of this thread.

One OBVIOUS thing you seemed to have missed - is not ONCE have I ever mentioned or advocated government support to alleviate the potential
problems I have outlined. As a free-marketeer myself, I am asking others of the same ilk if they have insights into problems I have yet to
find solutions for - i.e. the alleviation of the poor bastards permanantly automated of the economy during the *transition* to a nanotech one.

So far only David Fabulich as been able to demonstrate anything of substance. And oh, BTW, I have heard the same nanotech discussions
circulate on the list as least 300 times in the last couple of years.

Paul Hughes