Re: individuals,collectives and CDSs

John McCreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Sun, 11 Aug 1996 12:08:51 +0900

>-- [ From: Timothy Mason * EMC.Ver #2.5.02 ] --

>I do not know of a single example of an economy taking off without state
>intervention of some kind and/or a high degree of monopoly or oligopoly - in
>England, the state lays the ground during the Tudor era for the apparently
>more laissez-faire policies of the 18th and 19th Centuries. The free market
>myth is, quite simply, empirically unfounded. What is interesting is how
>many intelligent and well-educated people cling on to it in the face of all

It's interesting that you should point this out. As I thought further about
the CDS model after writing my previous note, it occurred to me that a
classic example might well be the U.S. military-industrial complex, which,
while plagued with corruption and "excessively high" prices, brought a very
nice standard of living to places like Southern California and Southeastern
Virginia (where I happened to grow up). Let me hasten to add that this is
not an argument for military spending per se; in Japan's case it has been
the construction industry; in another time and place it might be
interplanetary exploration and development (I am also a member of the
Planetary Society). What may be the key is, as Mike Shupp suggested a while
back, a society-wide commitment to a vast public project that has among its
byproducts the stimulation of economic growth. But, then, of course, we run
head on into the global ecology question....

John McCreery
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