Subject: Re: crux of the essence
From: Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 10:42:10 +0100

tony stanco wrote:
> What is ultimately important here is to realize that what is paramount is to
> maximize societal benefit. In other words, society allows people to act in
> personal self-interest if and when it works to increase societal wealth at
> the same time. Society therefore created a system of private property
> rights, contract rights, etc.. because that system worked for physical
> things.

This is ridiculous! Society allows people to act in personal
self-interest so long as it doesn't damage the rest of society too much,
not "if and when it works to increase societal wealth".

Cheers,

Ben.

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