Erik: I wish to lodge objections to this: “Software is non-rivalrous but it is certainly excludable. (Copyright law and DRM are not perfectly enforced, but they exist.)” I object on the first point that you cannot make a good excludable by fiat. Copyright law writers should look first at whether software is an excludable good by nature, and then consider how to design copyright law as a consequence. (Forgive me the optimism.) By analogy, if you order that ships without a proper...
lucklucky: “Why should one elect to pay for an army when he will equally benefit from free riding on the payments of others?” An army should only defend those that pay. And anyone should only pay or be part of what they agree with. Let Communist live as Communistas, Social Democrats live as Social Democrats, Libertarians live as Libertarians, etc. That is the only way to not have violence. Market capitalism exists since first trade a man did.
a boy and his dog: He makes really a similar argument to the one Matthew Crawford makes in Shop Class as Soulcraft: that eventually most jobs will be divided into their smallest possible repetitive parts and then either outsourced to the cheapest labor pool, or done programmatically. If you’re doing white collar work this eventuality is almost certain.
Steve Johnson: “Why should one elect to pay for an army when he will equally benefit from free riding on the payments of others?” I prefer “because the organization demanding payment HAS AN ARMY” as the answer to this question.
Graham: It would seem like the convergence of technology (automation in general and advancing AI) and social/political trends is leading us inexorably to a choice between the two ghastly dystopias Isaac Asimov laid out in his robot novels: crowded megacities of essentially “surplus” people living on the public dole or on make-work or both, possibly lorded over by social scientists, or a rival civilization of handfuls of wealthy/savvy elites living alone in far off closed systems served by...
R. J. Moore II: This is not a market failure. In fact, it’s premised on spurious nonsense. That ideas are not properties, however useful, is a physical reality; the idea that they are is a religious conviction premised solely on gangs. Anyway, automation is good and ‘training’ produced conformist idiots who deserve to starve. Surplus-to-requirement people should not reproduce.
James James: Software is non-rivalrous but it is certainly excludable. (Copyright law and DRM are not perfectly enforced, but they exist.) Software is therefore not a public good but a club good. If software becomes less excludable, the problems the article hints at may become more serious. (As regards software’s non-rivalrous nature, it may even sometimes be an anti-rivalous good: https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Anti-rival_good )
Garrett: Ah, but you forgot to include the biggest secret of Po’s kind: pandas are carnivorous. Who knows what they’re capable of when they go off the bamboo. A parable for our time.
FNN: Search “Bearcat Wright” plus “Gene LeBelle” for an earlier famous “screwjob.” Wright wouldn’t give up the local title at the appointed time. Promotion enforcer Gene LeBelle had to be called in to remove the problem.
Slovenian Guest: It’s kayfabe everywhere. At least in wrestling they go home with broken bones and concussions; it’s real in that regard. There’s more kayfabe on CNN than on the Wrestling Channel. It would be only fair to rename the damn thing to KFB already. The lamestream media is basically one-third native advertising, one-third scare mongering, and one-third outright government propaganda, all held together by said kayfabe. Barry O. even reads responses to hecklers from the...