[ExI] External costs (was Re: are all cultures equivalent?)
thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun Apr 19 19:33:58 UTC 2009
On 19 Apr, 2009, at 1:07, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:
>Present owners of an object, such as a cheeseburger, an Escher
>drawing, or a lake, may elect to permanently destroy their property -
>this is implicit in their rights of ownership. They may conclude that
>they are better off if they transform the lake into a nuclear waste
>repository and collect payments (let's assume here they invented a
>method for keeping the waste there, in safe containers, similar to the
>cooling pools currently used to store waste in nuclear power plants).
Oh, and while we're assuming that, let's assume that they also
invented a method for making everyone immortal by breathing
radioactive fumes, and brightening their teeth. These waste dumpers
deserve the Nobel prize!
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