Re: The meta-invisible hand

Max More (
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 00:31:56 -0700

At 01:57 PM 9/22/97 +0000, you wrote:
>offensive manner. Most people on this list clearly detest the idea of The
>Man taking and distributing a share of the community's productivity, but is
>there another way than an IRS to create and maintain a Guaranteed Income
>floor (which I recommend in the book, on the same grounds as Mr Willow)?

Yes, promote widespread stock ownership. It's happening without prompting,
but I'd like to see more people especially at the lower income levels
buying shares. Nothing fancy, if they don't have the head for it. Just a
decent index fund. While I oppose the state distributing (stealing) income,
I wouldn't have a problem with tax incentives to promote wider stock
ownership. (That just means taking less away from people who invest.)

Hans Moravec, in his talk back at EXTRO 1 also proposed taxes when it
seemed that having everyone own stock in the robot-factories would
accomplish the same without all the overhead, control, and inevitable
problems of putting the state in the center of things.


Max More, Ph.D.
President, Extropy Institute:,