Subject: Re: Open letter to those who believe in a right to free software
From: Bernard Lang <>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 17:19:10 +0200

On Thu, Oct 28, 1999 at 10:38:53PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> Russell Nelson wrote:
> > Economics has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with
> > value.  People spend a portion of their life energy to get money, and
> > they spend that money to get things they want.  Economists study the
> > way that people expend their life energy to get the things they value.
> > Money is just an fungible analog for value -- you could put that value
> > in terms of bananas, tobacco, memory chips, or ice cubes.  The fact
> > that people use money instead of the latter is due to the technical
> > characteristics of money.
> What you've just said is that you shouldn't confuse the measurement (or
> exchange) units with the values they are measuring.  No argument there.
> Where money is useful in economics is that it helps quantify things. 
> Dollars, euros, or yen allow comparing apples and oranges.  At least in
> terms of market-assessed value.

So far... so good

and now, how do you quantify the value of one copy of a program ?

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