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

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 18:27:26 MDT

I may be behind on other replies, but I can't help but
comment on

> From: Miriam English
> Sent: Friday, July 20, 2001 10:59 PM
>> We all have sympathy for the downtrodden. But some of us are
>> more likely to give into temptation, in defiance of the memes
>> that I was talking about, and reward irresponsibility or lack
>> of foresight, more than others of us.
> Oh, of course, how silly of me! And here I thought it was to do with
> colonisation and rape of lands, accidents of geography, desertification,
> aftermath of wars, and so on that caused third world countries to be
> underdeveloped.

My goodness! What caused such an outburst? I was speaking of social
charity, of governments providing a safety net and so on. Go back
and see the context (July 20, sent 4:14 PM) of my original letter.

Oh well, I will quote it for you. Miriam had said

>> The main problem remaining is social justice: how to ensure that a child
>> born to parents who didn't want and couldn't afford children would not be
>> condemned to second-class citizenry for their parents' mistake, or that a
>> genius with a genetic disease would not be cast out of the medical system
>> as uninsurable. This wastes very important resources.

What has this to do with coloization or rape of lands? My original
remarks are clearly aimed at this! I really was talking about
social justice, and the understandable urge we all have to do
something to ensure it.

> Now I see it all! It is because all the poor and inhabitants
> of poor countries are lazy, stupid, lying scum!

I don't think that at all! I protest!

> Wow Lee, have you thought of running for president?
> If not of the USA, at least the nazi party. :-)

MIriam, I am really very, very sorry that something about
my writing style has caused this to happen. (You are not the
first.) When I look at my paragraph above, it all seems so
innocent and harmless, "some of us are more likely to give
into temptation and reward irresponsibility than others of

How did poor countries get into it? Why do I remind you of nazis?

Thanks, and really sorry for whatever it was I said that caused this,


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