[FoRK] The World Is Not Flat
Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo
ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Tue Jan 19 19:04:35 PST 2010
--- On Tue, 1/19/10, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> > ... How does any of that relate to any of my comments or questions?
> > Clearly I've missed your point completely.
> I was responding to JB's original message on those
> points. I was actually more agreeing with your
> resistance metaphor than disagreeing with anything.
I see that now. Thanks for clarifying.
> > In assessing resistance of intermediations, as a
> metric, I'm suggesting that the factors in assessing the
> resistance would be something like the ratio of:
> > a) the value added to the good by an intermediation, ...
> As long as you include as "value added" the savings over
> alternate paths to the market or saved inefficiencies over
> less capable local suppliers.
> > ... TO
> > b) the extraction from the available aggregate margin
> > of the good by an intermediation.
> As long as there is competition, this is the price of an
> incentive to create a less resistance path.
> In other words, the higher the existing costs, the higher
> the incentive to go into business to lower those costs,
> benefiting everyone.
And he brings it right back to one of Jeff's thorniest of thorns. Good work. And, Yes.
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