[ExI] Private and government R&D

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Sun Jul 26 02:09:46 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 9:39 PM, Stathis Papaioannou<stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/7/26 Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com>:
>>> But the grander principle in a pure free enterprise system is that
>>> those entities which do whatever it takes to prosper will... prosper,
>>> at the expense of the less efficient.
>> ### I am not sure what you mean by "pure free enterprise system". I
>> have a feeling that whatever you mean by it, it is not what I am have
>> been extolling in our discussions here.
> I mean an economic system where participants are free from external
> constraints. This means they could form monopolies and enslave people
> by controlling essential resources, if they want to do it following a
> "non-coercion" principle, or enslave them directly if they don't want
> to bother with this. Introducing external controls to judge what is
> and isn't fair, what is and isn't coercion, what is and isn't "free
> enterprise", means introducing the machinery of government again.
### I really do not understand. In what way is government "external"
to the society? Didn't we belabor the fact that the government is the
principal, monopolist avenue for direct enslavement of people, now
held in check only by the dogged but ever weakening resistance of
exploited workers?

I can only tell you that what you mean by "free enterprise" system has
virtually nothing to do with what I have been talking about.


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