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That may be the intention, but where's the evidence that it actually has that effect? Do they publish stats of number of drivers on shift vs pricing? I work for a similar business and I've seen evidence that supply is not all that elastic.

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It's pretty easy to make substantially similar copies of the source code and run them in biological containers. The hard part is the maintenance.

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Echoes of ludic life as defined by Bob Black in the Abolition of Work. http://www.primitivism.com/abolition.htm

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brightsize 18 days ago | link

Thanks for posting that. I used to have that article bookmarked long ago, and I had forgotten about it. It was a strong influence that lead to my early efforts to deprogram myself from the cult of work. "Liberals say we should end employment discrimination. I say we should end employment." Brilliant.

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>Amazon also is in the interesting position of probably being able to disrupt literally all commercial and retail business in the next couple years

I agree, but replacing a diverse range of suppliers with a monopoly is not a positive form of disruption in my view

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GrantS 18 days ago | link

Right, while disruption is theoretically good for consumers, the major effect I've seen from Amazon over the past 15 years is that nearly every physical bookstore around me has closed. I would prefer a world without Amazon to a world without bookstores.

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sroerick 18 days ago | link

Yeah, I agree wholeheartedly. I was having a discussion earlier today. It seems like a choice between the publishing cartel and Amazon. Amazon is probably better for just books, but for everything else, I'm uncomfortable with the potential monopoly.

I boycott non-free books and culture. I'm very leery of Amazon, too, but I don't have a policy for them yet.

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HN is not one homogeneous mass of people. There are libertarians who write pro-free market comments and there are authoritarians who write the opposite.

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The British people didn't make any kind of bet, the few politicians in power at the time took it, lost hard and still ended up as Lords.

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guard-of-terra 56 days ago | link

Well, why don't British people do something about those Lords? It's up to them.

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tragic 56 days ago | link

Believe me - plenty of us have choice opinions about the Lords.

It is difficult to do much about them when you have a duopoly on elected government, and a big part of both parties' power-broking is doling out lordships to a) their former notable MPs/ministers and b) their mates. The lords suit the commons just fine. Even more so since Blair's reforms, which increased the number who were purely cronies, relative to the decrepit remnants of the landed aristocracy (which only benefited the Tories).

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guard-of-terra 56 days ago | link

Well, poor you. You don't own yourself, Lords own you. Why blame Soros? Praise him that he didn't help Lords sell you for organs.

For alternatives, see Ukraine with its Maidan.

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tragic 56 days ago | link

Where did I blame Soros?

I even own a t-shirt that says "don't hate the player, hate the game."

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guard-of-terra 56 days ago | link

GP did.

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iand 59 days ago | link | parent | on: Xeer

Why say failed state? Do you presume that all countries must have a state?

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blueskin_ 57 days ago | link

The alternative is anarchy. Communists like to say that anarchy would be happy rainbows and sharing, but the closest nations we have to it are mostly in Africa, and more resemble feudal warlords than a utopian society.

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I guess they could have just gone to http://povertydata.worldbank.org/poverty/home/ and downloaded via CSV

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How do you discover new music without buying it first?

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I don't agree. I'm pretty sure we can make apps today equivalent to those from 20 years ago that are an order of magnitude more responsive even with all the indirection layers (640x480 resolution, 256 colours, no ui animations etc.)

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