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RE: GPL & commercial software, the critical distinction (fwd)

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> Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 06:56:06 -0700
> From: "James A. Donald" <[email protected]>
> Subject: RE: GPL & commercial software, the critical distinction (fwd)

> Then your argument that free markets lead to monopoly collapses.

No it doesn't.

> You cannot have monopoly (in the sense of the power to extract monopoly of
> profits) except by state intervention as has been proven by experience time
> and time again.

Examine history with an unbiased eye.

> You have been unable to provide any examples of monopolies except those
> created by state intervention, such as the railaways, and those existent
> soley in your fevered imagination, such as the garment industry.

Incorrect. I have listed several examples (eg meat-processing in the 1920's)
where the resultant involvement of the government came *AFTER* (not before
as you claim) there was evidence of wide spread abuse of the consumer and
the employee of those producters.


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