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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: Snit
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:02:41 -0000
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Tim Smith stated in post on 10/2/10 10:41 AM:

> In article <>,
>  Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
>> Tim Smith wrote:
>> [...]
>>> Digital music, computers, and the internet have changed that. First of
>>> all, copying is fast and easy.
>> Since shoplifting in a is
>> certainly faster and easier than stealing in the pre-supermarket era,
>> why not go 'total communist' and make food and household merchandise
>> free as well?
> Last time I checked, food and household merchandise have the necessary
> attributes that allows a free market to give economically correct
> resource allocation, and so have not had to rely on an artificial
> infusion of those attributes combined with a societal agreement that we
> will pretend that these attributes are real, and so with food and
> household goods you do not have the case that you have something with a
> marginal cost of zero relying almost completely on people being nice for
> it to work.

Food is nowhere near based on a free market, at least not in the US.  Beef
and dairy, for example, are heavily subsidized and non-organic produce is
often subsidized as well.


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