[FoRK] Closing funny bits, was Re: Malthusian machinations
jbone at place.org
Wed Jun 16 22:23:04 PDT 2010
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On Jun 16, 2010, at 7:52 PM, Aaron Burt <aaron at bavariati.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 04:59:54PM -0700, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
>> Re the markets pricing things in .. this has been one major source of my
>> ongoing mistrust of anything related to "free market" fairydust. When it
>> comes to e.g. environment or resources almost none of the things that
>> matter are priced in.
> Externalities. We usually use governments to (clumsily) price them in, or
> at least see that they're accounted for.
> All in all, it's a dumb and unstable way to coordinate a civilization, but
> with effective control systems, it beats central planning.
> I do think we're running a bit underdamped these days,
In some areas. In others, overdampened. In most areas, just wrongly dampened.
Hey, y'all catch the latest D.C. Kings-Of-The-World insanity? Presidential "Internet kill switch," anyone? (Though that term actually VASTLY understates how egregious and odious that piece of legislation actually is...)
It's for our own good.
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