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SDF, the pretend realist

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on March 22, 1999 at 13:11:14:

In Reply to: Gee's fantasy world, part 3 posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on March 22, 1999 at 11:34:42:

: SDF: In the real world, tenants have two choices: they may pay rent, or they can be homeless.

Assuming there is one owner of every possible piece of land, or they all collude with the aim, presumably, of becoming bankrupt.

: SDF: In Gee's world, one doesn't have to use roads: one can drive into fences, into densely-wooded forests, into buildings, onto private property, anywhere one wants. This is why people in Gee's world don't have to use roads.

And the above is why SDF doesnt like to argue the point.

: SDF: The road owners don't have to make money off their tolls -- they also own self-sufficient farms.

Do they? If roads were sold off farmers would buy them? Lets imagine that a road owner wants to make the most money possible. Would he get that by getting one or two struggling billionaires to pay $500k per trip, or by getting tens of thousands to pay $10? He would find the best rate for the best return, why do you imagine this would be a huge price?

: SDF: In Gee's world....blah blah

ad homineins - and you wonder why I dont answer them.

On the finite resources. Yes they are finite, no we are no where near a point where all resources are gone. Yes fossil fuels are on their way on (slower than is popularly thought), no that doens means there will be a cataclysmic energy crisis.

Mankind has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to adapt his use of resources according to changes in the environment, in techology and in his wants and abilities.

Naila are not being driven into humanitis coffin.

You may wish to read (or casually and inaccurately discredit) "Ultimate Resource" by Julian Simon.

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