Subject: Re: LISP - Xanalys - time to act!
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 06 Sep 2002 21:25:17 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Pascal Costanza
| Does this reasoning make sense?

  Does to me, except where you drag in your faith in capitalism.  It is as if
  capitalism must suffer when people do stupid things in that system, like
  they would necessarily do in every other politicoeconomic system, too.  It
  is somewhat like arguing that the experiment in constitutional democracy
  called the United States of America should be called a failure when not even
  a majority of the minority that voted, voted for George W. Bush.  Although I
  think the mix of stupidity and power is the single most dangerous thing in
  the universe and what is ultimately going to do the whole human race in, I
  still believe the American people should get a chance to vote this dangerous
  average joe out of office like they did his father before we scrap the system
  and proclaim our loss of faith in democracy.  Even the law-breaking abuses
  of market "power" perpetrated by the most villainous leader of orgranized
  crime in the history of the world, William H. Gates III, does not imply that
  the system is worth giving up over alternatives that institute organized
  crime at the government level.  If a system should really succeed in making
  it impossible to do stupid things before they happened, it should aim at
  genetically improving human beings instead of restricting their freedom.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.