Subject: Re: bleeding money out of clispers
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 09:55:16 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Craig Brozefsky <>
> >   treasury in case the subjects acted unwisely in dire times.
> Yah, that's what it was 8)

  Is this msianthropic cynicism the result of being at the rule-following
  end of the rules for too long?  Mankind would not have survived at all
  without some people who knew better and who avoided problems caused by
  rioting masses.  Democracy could not work when people were irrational and
  self-destructive to boot.  That it (barely) works today is a testament to
  the incredible heights to which mankind can rise when the idiots are not
  allowed to keep the rest back.  Unfortunately, that is what democracy may
  be doing when the climax of civilization has been reached.  But that is
  another kind of misanthropic cynicism.

> I guess Tim O'reilly and Mike Teimann are just lucky slobs who tripped
> into their money.

  Well, most business leaders do not actually understand finance, either.
  That is why we need specialists.  However, most people do not need to
  worry about the financial problems of rich people, but they still need to
  worry about credit cards, stock prices, food prices, etc.  A little
  finance comes a long way to dealing with the fluctuations of the economy.

  Travel is a meat thing.