File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 303


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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 21:34:12 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy


This whole talk is fascinating!

For another alternative economic syste, which might actually work, given 
enough motivated people and enough isolation (no government interference) 
for enough time: the Ghand way.

It was introduced in a short story by Eric Frank Russel,
titled: And Then There Were None.

Here's a link to the full short-story:
http://www.abelard.org/e-f-russell.php

Their economy is based on barter, and their mentality is based on 
self-expression, self-administration, and peaceful resistance, to the max. 
They use the "only weapon in existence which cannot be turned against its 
user." (I may be paraphrasing).
Do not be discouraged by the science-fiction genre it is part of, if you 
think you don't like that sort of thing. It is foremost a study of human 
society (or societies), in a foreign environment which distances us enough 
to be a bit more observant. Which I think most good science fiction is, no 
matter how many aliens or robots we encounter.


That story fueled a hidden rebel in me, and ever since I read it (twice in a 
row, so strongly I felt about it), I get to be an original and choose my own 
ways, when others might go the robot way.
F-IW! 

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