OT - I don't _hate_ McMansions
amb-plug at bradfords.org
Fri Jun 27 22:41:10 MDT 2008
Thus said Justin Findlay on Thu, 26 Jun 2008 23:55:49 MDT:
> Somehow I doubt private corporations would have been altruistic enough
> to let the thing become what it has without their trying to justify it
> quarter by quarter by crafting up ways to draw money out of it for
> their shareholders.
But your standards then, Microsoft must be the most altruistic company
out there. Just look at what they did for computing by bringing
computing to the masses. But hey, heaven forbid that they might have
figured out a way to connect these computers, as they would never have
allowed people to know about it, much less benefit from it.
> The intarwebs might have had a chance at that. Do you really think
> there are corporations out there that are visionary enough to pour the
> billions and billions of dollars each year into basic scientific
> research that doesn't have potential to turn a technological profit
> for decades, perhaps even centuries, to say nothing of financial?
In today's current political and economic environment of course not. Why
would they pay for something that they get for free at the cost of the
taxpayers? The government will do it and the government, as we know, has
an endless supply of money. At least as long as they are able to collect
> Is it immoral for someone pursue a course of work for which there is
> no financial motivation whatsoever? I submit that not only is it moral
> but it is crucial to the progress of society.
Of course it is not immoral to pursue whatever course of action one
wants as long as that course of action is done so through voluntary
interaction to achieve the ends. Is it immoral to take money from one
person and give it to another so he can pursue his life dream at the
expense of another? Absolutely!
Does an individual have the right to take something from his neighbor
and give it to another who has grandiose ideas? If an individual has no
such right, how can he delegate to government that which he does not
have? And if an individual cannot delegate rights that he doesn't have,
how can a group of individuals delegate this non-existent right to
another group of people (the government)?
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