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

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Mon Jul 7 05:18:54 PDT 2014


On Wed, Oct 09, 2013 at 08:36:15AM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> 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
> handicapped.  
> 
> 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.'
> 


It does in the health insurance business.

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