☞ Policy and Plots
By webmink on Aug 31, 2009
Seems obvious to me that the US was built on the entrepreneurship of immigrants and that shutting them down will lead to decline. After all, the comfortable are rarely hungry for change. So the article itself isn't very interesting to me. But the comments - they are are an often sad eye-opener.
Watching the UK government attempting to go down the anti-citizen three-strikes route. Presumably some politician has been lobbied by the copyright old-guard and told the only solution to "theft" (AKA unmanaged market-creation) is to whip the entire population randomly until they forsake progress. We need to get some voices of wisdom into this debate, but unfortunately the consultation system is structured in favour of businesses rather than citizens.
Of course, every company is using its spending power to lobby in DC so while this alleged activity is completely in character, I fully expect that other businesses are engaging actively in similar anti-competitive lobbying in both Washington and Brussels. I heard rumours that certain Oracle competitiors were encouraging the US and EU authorities to engage in long investigations of the Sun acquisition, for example. No data, but it's to be expected. The best solution? Bringing it out into the daylight and requiring all lobbying activity to be documented.