Re: feedback and sharing knowledge

Hal Finney (
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 17:45:42 -0700

I don't really think we need any new automated mechanisms, or that new
rules must be enforced. All I wanted to do was to remind people that we
have in the past adopted a policy of not endlessly debating these basics.

It's ironic. We tell people that 30 years from now everyone will turn
into an immortal superman, and they say ho hum. But if you suggest
that somebody ought to be able to work for less than the minimum wage,
all hell breaks loose.

I remember a joke from Mad magazine. The boss comes down hard on this
guy for spending 55 cents extra on office supplies. The clerk says, "But
boss, you authorize millions of dollars in expenditures all the time.
What's the big deal about a few cents?" The boss answers, "Frankly,
when I work with these huge amounts, I don't really have a sense of how
big they are. Fifty-five cents - now that, I understand!"

The libertarian aspect of extropianism is the part which most people can
understand, I guess.