Foundations of Logic – Welfare everywhere

Foundations of Logic – Welfare Welfare Everywhere

Frank Lovell said “Welfare Welfare Everywhere”…until OPM [Other People’s Money] runs out.

There are occasionally some Free Lunches, but there are no Free Lunches as a sustainable Way Of Life. Nope, uh-uh, none, zero, zip, zilch, nada, squat!

Depends what one means by Free Frank.

Every breath we take is essential to our survival, and it costs us nothing more than the metabolic energy to move whatever muscles we use for that particular style of breathing we are using in that instant.

The oxygen in the air is produced by trillions of plant cells, many of them microscopic marine plants.

When we can produce all food and all the services related to food (including the production and maintenance and recycling of all the machines) by fully automated systems; then lunch can be essentially free.

Sure it is a flow of energy.
Sure it has consequences.
And the Sun converts a lot of hydrogen to helium every second, and will likely continue doing so for several billion years – so we don’t need to worry about it running out any time soon.

And sure, we need to change some of our ways.
Populations cannot expand indefinitely, there are real limits, and we have a little bit of time before we hit those limits (though not much time before we need to stop CO2 increase in the atmosphere – and that is doable, we just need to do it, and that will never be a natural outcome of market forces). The age of scarcity based thinking (market based values) must end, if we are to have any reasonable probability of survival, and that will be hard for those who are genuinely conservative.

And at a strategic level, the price of liberty is always eternal vigilance. Real liberty only comes in cooperative environments, and raw cooperation is always vulnerable to exploitation by cheating strategies, so there is an eternal strategic evolutionary arms race in a sense. That just seems to be the nature of existence.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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