And one wonders why Libertarians are so hateful of government. It is precisely because it is so easy for people with influence to manipulate and exploit the “laws for common good” for their own personal benefit that government and laws should always be looked upon with suspicion. Greed is fine–it’s GREAT–because it fuels competition and a robust economy. However, when the pursuit of greed is couched in laws designed for some “common good”, then the system breaks down. MPAA doesn’t want us to copy? Sure, that’s fine and understandable. Let them deal with it themselves, without getting government in the picture. And they tried, with CSS. And failed. And they will try with AACS. And will fail again. And eventually, after many failures, they’ll realize that their pursuit of greed would be more effective with a more sane business model. THAT, my friend, is capitalism at work. But when instead of working out problems they brush the problems under the rug with the help of laws, that is when capitalism breaks down and we have instead a socialist solution–except nobody calls it socialist, but it is–corporate welfare (either monetary or through laws) is just as bad as social welfare.
[edited by code65536 on 01.03.2005 20:53]