Subject: Re: FSBs and client-server
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 20:20:09 +0200


What is a free market ?

no rule whatsoever ?


On Wed, May 24, 2000 at 02:10:23PM -0400, Russell Nelson wrote:
> Tim O'Reilly writes:
>  > This is an example of the ways that code and "law" need to co-evolve, a
>  > position that is very well argued by Larry Lessig's book, Code and other
>  > Laws of Cyberspace (http://www.code-is-law.org).  (I highly recommend
>  > the book.  You can read my brief review of it in my weblog at
>  > http://tim.oreillynet.com.)
> 
> I'm of two minds.  On the one hand, I can't plausibly criticize his
> ideas without reading them.  On the other hand, I don't want to lend
> one iota of credence to his ideas by purchasing the book.  God forbid
> it should be my purchase which gets him on any best-seller list.  If
> you're looking for a good book to read, go read _Law's Order_ by David
> Friedman.
> 
> >From the little I have gathered from what people have said, and the
> excerpts on his web page, he's dubious of the libertarian philosophy.
> A lot of smart people are dubious of a free market, because they think 
> that they can do better because they're so smart, and, well, because
> everybody else is dumber than them.  They think that they can escape
> the problems of the free market (which are severe) by deciding on the
> right thing to do, and then forcing everyone to do it.
> 
> There should be ample evidence that this is not possible.  For
> example, the Anti-Federalists were right.  They made certain
> predictions about how centralization would work if it were not
> prohibited, and those predictions came true.  For another, whenever
> the government decides matters of religion, it creates the seeds of
> war.  Why should economics be any different?
> 
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