Subject: Re: Opportunity lost? Challenge declined!? (LONG. COMPREHENSIVE)
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 14 May 2001 10:00:53 -0700

Russell Nelson <> writes:

> Stephen J. Turnbull writes:
>  > RMS does too.  But he, like Rawls, is interested in "primary goods,"
>  > in particular, freedom.  He is not interested in whether people live
>  > materially more comfortable lives in freedom or in slavery, and no
>  > amount of material wealth can compensate for slavery.
> I'm not going to argue against the idea that an attribute
> (e.g. freedom, or healthcare, or the environment) can be held to be
> priceless.  I'll just note that someone who feels this way can only
> have one such attribute.

Consider aleph null vs. aleph one.  You can have many levels of things
you care about, in which a higher level always trumps a lower level,
without contradiction.