In my opinion this is a rather sad way to look at the world. You seem more concerned with minimizing other people's benefit from your work than maximizing the utility.
No, it's very different. He seems very concerned about maximizing the utility and maximizing other people's benefits from the work, except that the people he targets are the 99% and not the 1%.
That's not sad, that's a very positive way to look at the world. Last time I checked the corporate world and the so called startup world as an institution have done nothing to make the planet a better place (ie increase benefits for the whole ecosystem) and everything to increase a very limited number of stakeholder's benefits.
I'm concered about equality which requires being aware of the status quo and how my work benefits those already in power. So instead of twisting my words into sadness consider your own worldview and how it is framed in terms a scalar metric called "utility". The world and the people in it are more than simple numbers and metrics.
That’s the point I keep making with Basecamp too. The enduring achievement was a sustainable, independent business allowing us to do our best work and sell it directly to happy customers. The material gravy beyond that accomplishment is so very far down the list.
23:40 PM - 08 Oct 2018
Please do enlighten me on what you're doing for a living and the great strides you're making for equality.
No need to be snarky. One huge stride that I see in David's reply is that he is considering alternatives to the mainstream model because he realized that the model is not benefitting the people it should benefit.
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