"Bart Goddard" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:XnsA2D79D9B92792goddardbenetscapenet@188.8.131.52... > "Tom Potter" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:email@example.com: > >> According to Potter's Economic Law #4, >> in order to optimize pleasure >> and minimize pain, >> for the greatest number >> over the longest time, > > This is an evil goal. It sounds swell, unless you're > the guy being tortured for the pleasure of the masses. > Institutionalized slavery is where such goals end up. > > Maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain are the poorest > bases on which to make decisions. Sometimes (often) > one increases pain in order to do the morally right thing.
It appears that my pal "Bart Goddard" objects to medical care, air conditioning, heated dwellings, sports, music, sex, pain relief, tasty foods, the hanging of henious criminals, etc. if they interfere with anyone optimizing their pleasure, wealth, power, etc. beyond the limits acceptable to the masses.
It is my perception that those motivated to optomise their wealth and power beyond the limits acceptable to the masses, do so because of some mental sickness, and that their pursuit of power and wealth actually increases their pain and diminishes their own pleasure.