RE: virus: Genes vs. Memes: The War Heats Up

Robin Faichney (
Tue, 3 Jun 1997 18:20:00 +0100

Grant Callaghan wrote:
>Question: What is the direction memetics should take in the
>battle against a genetic heritage that is about to destroy

You think government subsidy is genetic?

It's a very serious issue you raise, and I'm sorry to
say I don't have any constructive argument to make
for or against it, but I think that avoiding this kind of
confusion is bound to help, to whatever small extent.
It's not genes vs memes, but memes vs memes.

On second thoughts, here's a constructive suggestion:
the pro-freemarket, anti-subsidy meme is already
doing rather well, it just needs to get into a good close
fight with the fishing and farming subsidy memes.
So it's more about media access than meme design.

Robin the (unqualified) environmental economist