jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Sun Oct 1 10:07:54 MDT 1995
On Fri, 22 Sep 1995, Bryan A. Alexander wrote:
> Hm, is technological advancement possible in a use-value, rather than
> exchange value, economy?
I would think that it'd be even more innovative under communism.
Imagine a world where resources were not allocated based on anticipated
return -- only results...
> Tinkers have traditionally been able to operate with a minimum of
> capital. Most inventors only move to big ops later on.
> But I'm not sure if this is still feasible. Frank Herbert makes
> a case for it, arguing that modern science has made vast powers
> accessible to the average individual (WHITE PLAGUE). But two Amigas and
> a toaster, although capable of BABYLON 5, can't yet do JURASSIC PARK, to
> pick an odd example. Perhaps an ethic of invention without capital must
> be parasitic?
In a communist society, ray-tracing and rendering would not be
fitted into a straitjacket of 10-minute segments inside a 50-minute
episode, for one thing (or a 90-minute move FTM...) And invention would
not be subject to all the restraints the capitalist mode of production
presently puts on it.
Remember: Socialism is a state BEYOND capitalism; not some poor
relation you have to make do with in absence of The Real Thing...
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