Re: capitalist religion (was: NANO: _Forbes_ cover story)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jul 18 2001 - 11:44:01 MDT

Randy Smith wrote:
> >From: Felix Ungman
> >Reply-To:
> >To:
> >Subject: Re: capitalist religion (was: NANO: _Forbes_ cover story)
> >Date: 18 Jul 2001 15:00:21 +0200
> >
> >On tisdag 17 juli 2001 00.07, Randy Smith wrote:
> > >Slaves are good for businesses. They work rather cheaply.
> > >But not so good for the slaves...
> >
> >No, slaves are not that good for business. Even if you dont pay
> salary, they cost money. As they have no economic incentive to work,
> the only way they can gain something is by doing less. So, with no
> positive feedback, you have to resort to negative feedback. Slavery
> might work if all you need is physical force (and use physical force
> to get it), but definitely not in a modern R&D based corporation.
> R&D, huh? Well, aside from the fact that you probably COULD get slave
> labor to do R&D (cf. WWII, Nazis, etc), MOST of the work done in this
> world is NOT R&D.

All you have to do is compare the productivity of a worker in a strictly
socialist environment (i.e. under communism) versus the productivity of
a worker in a free market environment. Oh, yeah, we already did that one
once, it was called the Cold War.....

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