Subject: Re: Perens on arch
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: 11 Feb 2002 15:54:55 +0900

>>>>> "Tom" == Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com> writes:

    Tom> I don't think there's anything necessarilly unprofitable or
    Tom> charitable about the patronage model which I see as simply
    Tom> paying for services which are hard to describe or contract
    Tom> for with precision, often because they involve open-ended
    Tom> contributions to an evolving social state rather than
    Tom> performance of specific tasks.

There is a well-known way to specify such a contract.  It's called
"employment." 

It is both charitable and unprofitable to structure an employment
contract as purely financial patronage, unless you are dealing with a
really recalcitrant genius (eg, Mozart).  Even Einstein was on salary.


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