Subject: Re: Communities as the new IPR?
From: Jamie Lokier <>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 20:20:30 +0000

Jim Thompson wrote:
> >Hrm.  Gratuitious wheel reinvention seem undesirable from a social
> >policy point of view.  On the other hand, how do you know it's
> >gratuitious?  If we were wise enough to answer that question, we
> >wouldn't need competitive markets.
> > 
> seems to me one must either believe in the "efficiency" of a 
> free/competitive market (in which case reinvention is fine, as the 
> 'market' will pick the winner) or one must believe in (and support) 
> "social policy".
> Your statement appears to want it "both ways".

Really?  The statement appears to me to be recommending a balance
between extremes that is better than either.

-- Jamie