The Simple Economics of Open Source

Gordon McMillan gmcm at hypernet.com
Sat Apr 22 15:10:07 CEST 2000


Juergen A. Erhard wrote:

>     Albert> Those with cooperative strategies have discovered that
>     Albert> there are an infinite number of pies.
> 
> Wrong.[1] They simply discovered (or, rather, understood) that there
> are enough pies so that *everyone* can be more than satiated ("Jeder
> kann sich bis zum Erbrechen den Bauch vollschlagen" I'd say in
> german).

> [1] The human-accessible part of this solar system is finite, right?
> So there simple cannot be an infinite number of pies, even if you
> could bake a pie out of one atom... ;-)

But you can grow more wheat and grow more apples and raise 
more cows and make more pies tomorrow.

"Infinite", in an economic context, simply means "more than 
what Bill Gates has" <wink>.

- Gordon




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