Re: Fear of Life (was Microsoft, Automation)

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 5 May 1998 20:50:39 -0700 (PDT)

>> An individual has no hope of being able to bring a revolutionary
>> idea to life unless he sells his soul to the company store...

You weren't listening--yes, there will be less profit from
revolutionary ideas from anyone. I don't give a damn about
revolutionary ideas. Progress comes from small, evolutionary
improvements and combinations of existing ideas, and it is
those that will flourish in a world where there are no
copyrights and patents to artificially overvalue novelty
for its own sake.

The myth of the small lone inventor coming up with a unique
and marvellous idea out of nothing in his garage is fairy tale.
A pretty story made up to justify granting state-sanctioned
privilege to those who can afford to speculate irresponsibly
with technology in hope that big brother will secure their
market for them if they get lucky.

A /true/ creative mind honestly acknowledges that nothing is
created in a vacuum; every "creation" is a synthesis of old
ideas from a thousand sources, and maybe one or two randomly
strewn new ones. I certainly don't think they have no value,
but nor do I think creativity is anything special. Anyone
who thinks a creative mind is somehow more worthy of help from
government than a talented athlete, and skilled craftsman,
or even a high-priced hooker is just a snob. Everyone from
laborers to inventors contributes to the economy, and none
deserve anything they can't get without a forcible monopoly.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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