Mon 7th July 2008, 10:17pm
QUOTE(thekohser @ Mon 7th July 2008, 1:54pm)
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by a pseudonymous "Dr Zen" is an outstanding dissection of Jimmy Wales' recent essay in The Guardian
Please read it. It's very long, but so worthwhile.
Well, an interesting essay, but suffering in some essential flaws induced by the stuporousness of the Leftist idea that all property is theft, and thus that anybody who "has" anything, only has it by virtue of having taken it away from somebody else who "had" it first (begging the question of how the first guy is supposed to have a better title to it-- did he steal it also?).
Randians are into the noninitiation of force thing because they are, like all reactionaries, deathly scared of someone taking what they have from them. They worship property, and conveniently ignore that all property is theft, having originally been taken from someone else by the initiation of force.
How cynical. If you really believe this, then the problem is NOT how badly America, or Wales, or any other high tech society or product mal-uses knowledge (emblematized by an encyclopedia) to oppress the masses in the rest of the world. It's worse: if you really believe the collectivist notion, it's impossible to actually use "knowledge" morally to better one's life at all
. Why? Because life is a zero sum game, didn't you know?
It isn't just that Americans are bad at what they use knowledge for, rather it is impossible even in theory to do better. Everyone cannot become materially well-off (loosely defined as enough shelter, enough to eat, to wear, read, etc), without screwing somebody else (probably in Africa) over. The reason being that there isn't enough "stuff" in the world to allow this, and can never be. So says the essay. There is no way to ever make enough stuff to eliminate povery, even in theory.
Thus, we should all have given up, long ago. The problem, Dr. Zen informs us, is insoluble. So, no wonder Wales is such a boob; he'd fail even if he went about it better. He might just as well have proposed that everyone on earth should get (say) a farm and an iPhone. Everybody knows there aren't that many iPhones.