Subject: Re: In defense of the market
From: Brian Bartholomew <>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 00:12:59 -0400

A search for efficiency for reproductive groups is what evolution
rewards, but probably not the only goal we want to strive for.  For
example, one skill whose efficiency is highly rewarded today is
lobbying and bribing the state to make laws that favor yourself.
Another skill is creating breakthrough military technologies that
enable a successful decapitating first strike.  A third is selling
crappy desktop software for 20 years and lying about it.  Perhaps
these are not efficiencies we wish to encourage.

I think of "civilization" as the weak organizing to constrain the
strong.  Civilization is fundamentally socialism; warlords don't need
help from government.  However, in the system of civilization I'd like
to live under, the limits on the strong are weak enough that the
system is labeled Libertarianism.