[ExI] Private and government R&D [was Health care in the USA]

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 10:55:20 UTC 2009

2009/7/1 Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com>:

> ### So you think that government investment in pure basic science
> (like astronomy or cosmology) is *not* purely a feel-good measure?
> What makes you feel that free people would want to feel less good?

Well, almost everything the government spends money on is for
"feel-good" purposes rather than profit, while for business the
reverse is the case. (Of course, this does not mean that some of the
feel-good projects won't turn out to be cynical, corrupt or outright
evil.) People only agree to be taxed because the money will be spent
differently to the way they themselves would spend it or private
enterprise would spend it, otherwise what's the point?

Stathis Papaioannou

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