[arin-ppml] ARIN-2013-4: RIR Principles / Request for General Thoughts

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Fri Jun 7 17:07:12 EDT 2013

On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM, Chris Grundemann <cgrundemann at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM, Jason Schiller <jschiller at google.com> wrote:
>>>> 1) Do you support the principle of efficient utilization based on need
>>>> (Conservation/Sustainability)?
>>>     There also seems to be an associated concept that is has some
>>>     level of "fairness"  That is everyone gets what they need.
>> From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
>> Feel free to demonstrate your ability. Here in the policy group at
>> ARIN Central we'll figure out what you need.
> Bill, I strongly suggest that you view the link which Jason provided:
> http://imbloghoppin.blogspot.com/2011/08/power-of-bandaid.html.

Hi Chris,

"Fair doesn't mean that everyone gets the same thing, fair means that
everyone gets what they need." That's cute but fairness and need bear
no relationship with each other whatsoever. Fairness is about neither
need nor equality. It's about merit and inclusion.

Consider the spendthrift and the miser. The spendthrift needs a half
million dollar house to hold all his stuff while the miser fits fine
into a studio apartment. The miser has saved his money. He can afford
a half million dollar house. The spendthrift can afford a studio
apartment. Who lives where? What's need? What's fair?

Does your well documented high consumption of addresses truly mean you
deserve more? 2013-4 says unequivocally yes. Documented need is a
bedrock principle.

A statement of principles is about exclusion. We seek to set
boundaries for discussion and activity. That's the opposite of fair.
But if we don't set those boundaries, we'll waste effort repeatedly
reconsidering known-to-be-meritless ideas. Which is also the opposite
of fair.

To achieve fairness, we seek a statement of principles whose elements
are meritorious beyond doubt. That's a high bar to meet and IMO most
of what's in 2013-4 doesn't meet it.


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