Bill Gates and public resources

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri Dec 9 07:47:05 MST 1994


TECHNOLOGICAL INHERITANCE BELONGS TO ALL OF US: In October's
"Technology Review," Gar Alperovitz argues that the $8 billion in
Bill Gates' bank account was derived through thousands of links in
a chain of technological development, largely funded by government
research. "Plainly put, the way we allocate the benefits of
present and past economic activity that stem from the
technological inheritance is irrational and unjust." Alperovitz
calls for a new economic system based on the notion of common
inheritance of wealth generated through government-funded R&D.
(_Technology Review_ 10/94)


(This appeared originally in CPU, an electronic newsletter put out by
members of CPSR, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility)

Louis Proyect


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