Subject: Re: Is LISP dying?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/07/23
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Craig Brozefsky <>
| In other words, I do not subscribe to the "uberprogrammer" theory,

  well, do you believe that artists are übermensch since you bring this up?

  in my view, if they were, their works wouldn't need protection.  it's
  because fairly normal people sometimes do outstanding work that we need
  to ensure that we are not taking away their ability to profit from and
  live by the few outstanding things each person can do in his lifetime.

  I continue to be amazed by the arguments people actually appear to
  believe are opposite to mine, or useful in whatever other way to argue
  against what I have said.  something here is clearly incomprehensible to
  people who still believe in free software as a solution, but I don't ask
  you to agree, I only ask you to think.  fools agree or disagree before
  they have thought, brilliant people think without considering agreement.

  freeing software is a means to an end, not an end in itself.  if the end
  needs different means at different times, the old means will work towards
  different ends.  but most people think in terms of what they see today,
  not in terms of what they want to help come true in the long run.  today
  we have some free software and some serious problems, and some problems
  have gone away because we have some free software, but tomorrow, we will
  have more serious problems because we have some more free software.  if
  the goal is to remove some more serious problems, are we still doing the
  right thing?  I think not, and I don't think the effects will be seen for
  many years to come, just like the Internet bonanza will kill a whole
  bunch of previously profitable companies and industries so thoroughly
  that we may see a decade of unhealthy growth by those who have the guts
  to hold out for what worked and wasn't hyped.  when the world didn't end
  with the commencement of the new millennium, people will return to their
  senses and again start behaving as if they were going to live for 30 more
  years at least, which most of them are.  well, maybe I have time to earn
  a degree in curing post-fin-de-siècle-depression, as in "shit, it didn't
  all blow up.  _now_ what do we do?"

  suppose we blasted all politicians into space.
  would the SETI project find even one of them?