[ExI] Private and government R&D

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 08:23:20 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 7:38 PM, Stathis Papaioannou<stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/7/2 Dan <dan_ust at yahoo.com>:
>> There is also the problem that under the coercive system, some people are forced to pay for others' pet projects.  Some might find no problem with this, but I think that's relevant to the discussion because coercion introduces certain features that wouldn't be found under a voluntary system.
> That will always be the case unless the funding is sourced from an
> individual or a unanimous group of individuals. There will be
> shareholders in a company who prefer that some of the R&D money be
> spent on other things, but don't feel strongly about this to sell
> their shares.

### But you do notice that there would be no massive, hateful
revulsion generated under a non-coercive system? Nobody would be
forced at the proverbial gunpoint to pay for abortion research or for
Intelligent Design research, while internally seething with hatred and
experiencing significant disutility?

This should appeal to a self-described consequentialist like you, no?


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