Subject: Re: Kent Beck's talk
From: Ben Tilly <btilly@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 21:04:48 -0700

On Mon, 16 Aug 2004 11:23:32 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull
<stephen@xemacs.org> wrote:
> >>>>> "Karsten" == Karsten M Self <karsten@linuxmafia.com> writes:
> 
>     Karsten> There's also a *very* strong tendency for people to norm
>     Karsten> standards on best-case eras.  [examples elided]
> 
> Don't forget that agricultural policy in all "advanced" nations is
> based on "parity", ie, the notion that (real) agricultural prices
> should be a nondecreasing function of time.

Underscoring Karsten's point with this example, in the USA the
standard for parity is matching the performance of farmers in the
1909-1914 time period, which happens to have been a period
where agriculture did particularly well.

Cheers,
Ben