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David Gerard dgerard at
Sat Feb 9 18:08:55 UTC 2008

Hi Alex - still waiting on references to those many academics writing
about substantial problems with gift economies. I look forward to
reading them!

- d.

On 08/02/2008, David Gerard <dgerard at> wrote:
> On 08/02/2008, Matthias-Christian Ott <ott at> wrote:
> > Alex Hudson <home at> wrote:
> > > Again, I have no problem with a gift economy, except for the suggestion
> > > that it should be "the way" rather than "a way". There are substantial
> > > problems with gift economies which many academics have written about:
> > > there's nothing wrong with making money that way, but it's no perfect
> > > solution.
> > Do you have some openly accessible academic works that you cite. Maybe
> > you could sum it up in your own words or so. Because the only thing
> > that's wrong with such a gift economy with our economical framework is
> > the consciousness of the people. But as the first artists stop making
> > art, people will recognise, that it's absolutely necessary to donate.
> I too would be *most* interested in actual citations to this claimed
> academic viewpoint, because I'm amazed never to have encountered such
> a thing ever before.
> - d.

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