Subject: Re: a model of competition between free and proprietary software
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 09:21:27 -0400 (EDT)

Tom Hull writes:
 > It is interesting how much F has been developed by people when they
 > are not acting as entrepreneurs, capitalists, or [wage] workers.

I need an example here.

 > I don't doubt that if one starts with the assumption that all human
 > action is fundamentally economic, one can come up with economic
 > rationalizations for F.

The only question is whether an economic analysis creates predictions
which come true.  If it doesn't, then it's a wrong theory (or a right
theory which is being mis-applied).  Whether people realize they're
engaging in economic behavior or not is besides the point.  Even if
people think they're escaping from economic behavior, that's besides
the point.

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