Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at umich.edu
Fri Sep 22 15:14:09 MDT 1995

Hm, is technological advancement possible in a use-value, rather than
exchange value, economy?
	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?

Bryan Alexander
Department of English
University of Michigan

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