powerlaw distributions Re: [LINK] MEAA tells Creative Commons to
Deus Ex Machina
vicc at cia.com.au
Thu Mar 24 12:00:08 EST 2005
Craig Sanders [cas at taz.net.au] wrote:
> the trouble is that you believe that the freedom to make a profit is
> the greatest freedom, that it trumps all others. most people, however,
> believe that there are far more important freedoms & rights, and that it
> is reasonable to place limits on the freedom to make a profit in order
> to preserve those freedoms.
doesnt matter how you word it, its the same pattern playing out over and
there is always some group which is seen to be doing some wrong.
when you look at a powerlaw distribution, human perception immediately
notices the people sticking out at the top of the distribution.
the basis for this evil doing is entirely self obvious by virtue of
these might be Craigs evil profit making Corporates, or Scotts oppressive
copyright Cartels, or Chirgwins "rich pricks" who "piss on the poor".
Marxs' Capitalist. Hitlers Jews. always the same group at the top of
by virtue of being in that position they have clearly done something wrong
or unfair to get their and justice demands to redress this inbalance.
this group needs to have its rights curtailed, trampled on, or just some
plain out and out persecution, and in the extreme even genocide.
and what crime has this group done? well they are providers of some of
the greatest value in the community. they take the biggest risks. they drive progress.
they drive constant increase of quality of goods and services.
they drive a steady and consistent improvement in the quality of everyone else life.
And what is Craigs "freedom to make a profit", well thats basically the
expectation of fair exchange. is fairness not a cornerstone of modern society?
obviously in the language of persecution, fairness can be perverted to
imply something evil. but hey people will thrash a lot before they abandon
obsolete world views.
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