Subject: Re: small worlds and better than ransom
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2007 11:10:11 +0900

Thomas Lord writes:

 > Also, it seems to me that the only alternative to using
 > pre-purchases to influence "the community" is to try
 > to participate directly in the community at a social and
 > political level.

Substituting money for discussion in politics has a name, and not a
pretty one.  You are literally talking about "selling influence" now.

At best, the "influence" is "honest", and it's a patronage model, not
a business model.  That model has failed, IMO.