[ExI] it was the best times, it was the best of times
eugen at leitl.org
Mon Oct 7 08:44:08 UTC 2013
On Sun, Oct 06, 2013 at 03:32:28PM -0600, Kelly Anderson wrote:
> There is more free or virtually free stuff available now than at any time
> in human history. Certainly much of it is digital, but much of it is not.
This is correct, but I expect we've peaked on that as well, or will
do so shortly. Maybe any resident freegans can attest whether their
pickings have declined in quality/became more slim lately.
> The book "Free: How Today's Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something
> for Nothing" by Chris Anderson shows how many physical things can be free
> as well.
I've been in a silver/copper mine on Saturday, which has been mined
by humanity for 6000 years, leaving 500 km of tunnels up to 1 km depth.
Mining has ceased last century, as the richer ore veins have been
exhausted. You might notice that while the volume still appears
the price isn't showing anything too nice
Silver is not any different
I'm skipping the same part with oil, we know that oil has not
becoming any cheaper lately.
> I have an idea for a way to give people free haircuts, and the business
> would be very profitable if it caught on. It basically involves trading
> your time watching advertisements for getting your hair cut. It's just one
> way to show how you can make the economy go without collecting money from
> the people getting the service (or good).
How about free energy or free food, in the long run?
> A rising tide lifts everyone.
This assumes two things: that the tide is still rising, and that
some boats are not sinking. None of these assumptions hold water
on a closer look. Blub.
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