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Law, Business, Taxation, Technology

2002-10-28 16:49:08+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Walking from the ferry building this morning I passed this banner outside of Golden Gate University which reads "Law, Business, Taxation, Technology", and it occurred to me that those, in order, are what American enterprise is working to exploit. It's a shame they've left technology 'til last, but exploiting that actually requires dealing with physical reality, so I understand why they can't be bothered.

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#Comment made: 2002-10-28 17:23:02+00 by: ziffle

Actually -- the Law is required for civilization - business is simply dealing with all the things in reality like people and weather etc., technology is simply - nuts and bolts -- its Taxes that are the aberration - Taxes are simply one person using force to extract the results of anothers work - and thats the part that should be left to last if at all. Taxes are such a waste. We must learn to ask not tell each other what we want.

#Comment made: 2002-10-28 21:55:01+00 by: Dan Lyke

On the law point, I'd argue that ethics are necessary for civilization and law is one (deeply flawed) process by which ethics can be imposed on a civilization.

Business in modern times is as much a process of obscuring the reality of the situation with artificial constraints to the flow of information and goods as any real management of the creation of technology.

And I think we agree on taxes.