[linux-elitists] "Commerce" does not mean "collecting rent from protected monopolies"

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Oct 9 08:36:15 PDT 2013

Quoting Tony Godshall (togo at of.net):

> Fine, he's not hostile to commerce, he just uses terminology that
> scares corporations.

It scares _stupid_ people at some corporations, but mostly scares
intelligent people at other corporations whose business model relies on
proprietary control and who fear competition.

To the former, I am sympathetic, as it is not nice to make fun of the

I would say to the latter, 'Yes, you're right, it doubtless sucks to be
on the pointy end of disruptive economic forces.  Try going to the
legislature and pleading for special favours.  That often works.'

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