Re: Oh, those gaussians (Was: Twin Studies)

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 15:50:34 -0700 (PDT)

> This is only true if you're talking about capitalism in a very abstract
> sense. Keep in mind that capitalism as we know it could not exist without
> inventions like intellectual property, contract law, the limited liability
> corporation, etc. I don't see any of these things as more self-evident
> than some socialistic notions - for instance the right of workers to form
> unions and bargain collectively.

Bizarre list. "Contract law" probably belongs there, but I'm inclined to see that as nothing more than a natural mechanism of making and maintaining commitments. Intellectual property and limited liability corporations have nothing at all to do with capitalism--many (including me) consider them both perversions of that ideal, and would love to dispense with them both. Finally, collective bargaining is not a socialist concept at all, but a fine capitalist one, also being nothing but a natural consequence of the right to make and enforce commitments. Sounds like your idea of what capitalism is has been instilled in your brain by a socialist education system :)

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