[ExI] Private and government R&D

Eschatoon Magic eschatoon at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 06:45:29 UTC 2009

What are "the goods"? To whom, when, how, and at what price, they are
"delivered"? And first of all, what is "better"? I think wine is
better than beer, you may think beer is better than wine. There is one
sane solution: I drink wine and you drink beer.

There are many types of cohercive systems. I can force you to do what
I say by pointing a gun, or by withdrawing a loan.

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 8:28 PM, Dan<dan_ust at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- On Wed, 7/1/09, Eschatoon Magic <eschatoon at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Instead of making a religion war of
>> this, how about simply
>> acknowledging that both private and public R&D funding
>> have their roles?
> While that sounds like the wise course, the point under debate was whether one is better at delivering the goods as well as whether each has certain path dependencies.  (I didn't use the term "path dependencies," but this was what I meant by pointing out that a voluntary system would likely have R&D funding, but not in exactly the same way as the current coercive system.)
> 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.
> Regards,
> Dan
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Eschatoon Magic
aka Giulio Prisco

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