Re: 1 year ago today...
Wed, 25 Oct 2000 02:12:07 +0100
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> Trust me when I say that what was once solely the realm of the
> magician, the hypnotherapist, and the actor is not being co-opted for
> the betterment of the company.
Yes it is. :) Do you mean 'now'... and Company with a capital C?
> I suggest rapid acceleration in our own attempts at cognitive
I recently put the papers below onto my website, as I too think that
the more people that amp up their brain, the better the world will be.
memory and association
practice and skill
how memory works
bases of learning
..I also put online a paper about pollution credits, which is a free-
market alternative to 'environment tax'. Tax is a monolithic
structure which cross-subsidises inefficiency. <spit>
money and the environment
I decided that I had done enough jumping up and down for now (it
comes in waves ;) and have proceeded to make more tools
I have also been completing the latest versions of several of my
DOS utilities, but I don't think you *nix people want to hear about
It has been very quiet in here recently, I have been hoping that
everyone has been equally busy.
That was an excellent article you posted, although there seems to
be room for critique. For example, the author labels free-marketers
neoliberals, and claims that "progressive thinkers ... must confront
neoliberal dogma ... backed by the .. police". Yet I would contend
that a free-marketer is strongly OPPOSED to government
regulation, particularly in economies. I can provide academic
references for this assertion.
For example, in the illegal drugs market, a free marketer might
argue that the War on Drugs hurts consumers (drug users) by
increasing the price (due to restricted supply) while lowering the
quality (due to weak competitive forces). Just like any other
monopoly. ILLEGAL is the nastiest MONOPOLY there is.
I'll even compromise a bit and suggest that if illegal drugs were
legalised, they could be regulated by existing consumer protection
laws. Just like any other product. I don't like suggesting another
protectionist mechanism, but it's a step in the right direction.
(illegal -> regulated -> freedom)
The point is, this particular free-marketing, faire-thinking neoliberal
has already devoted considerable bandwidth to debunking those
very systems the author of the posted article claims neoliberals
I would like to draw attention to the fact I have just posted an essay
on the topic of pollution credits, which is a darstardly mix of green
thinking and liberal economics. I believe that this model could be
generalised to other social causes. I also believe that the model
will prove somewhat confounding to SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS.
A question for anti-globalisationists - do you think that the
increased efficiency of the global economy will be beneficial to the
I find it interesting that Marcos did not include government in his
list of neoliberal supporters (he included media, banks, police).
Interesting because earlier in the article, he says
"They can find any number of excuses for this supposedly
"inevitable" outcome: ... the police have taken the place of
So in leaving govt out of the list, Marcos is doing what "they" do.
"They" are defined in the sentence prior to that: "They are awarded
with a comfortable armchair, on the right hand of the prince they
once denounced. "
Perhaps this is a symptom of the culture in which Marcos lives.
...The American Environmental Protection Agency has
successfully used [pollution credits] to
lower the concentrations of lead in petrol and pollutants in the
atmosphere (Raven et al, 1993).
...The level playing field aims to minimise subsidies, which
undermine the market
mechanism by propping up uncompetitive producers, and minimise
tariffs, which undermine the market mechanism
by decreasing the viability of substitutes (French, 1993).
...The increased trade that GATT and associated agreements
provide will increase
the contestability of every international market and as such improve
the efficiency and performance of those
markets (French, 1993).
...it is inaccurate to state that free
markets cause [pollution], as is attested by the environmental ruin
in the former Soviet Union (Raven, Berg and
...[environmental] damage has occurred through
human action, both with and without the free market, and has been
done not just by Big Business but also by
governments and the average citizen (Baumol et al, 1992).
Raven, P.H., Berg, L.R., Johnson, G.B. (1993) Environment
Saunders College Publishing
French, H.F. (1993) Reconciling Trade and the Environment State
of the World 1993 Earthscan Publications
Nordhaus, W.D., Richardson, S., Samuelson, D.A., Scott, G.,
Wallace, R. (1992) Economics, 3rd Australian Edition
Economics, Principles and Policy, Second Australian Edition,
Baumol W.J., Blinder A.S., Gunther A.W., Hicks J.R.L., Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich, 1992.
. ^ Stuart Udall
.~ \ http://cyberdelix.net/
..revolution through evolution
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