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



At 9:59 PM -0500 10/7/98, Jim Choate wrote:
>Forwarded message:
>
>> Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 21:52:17 -0400 (EDT)
>> From: Ryan Anderson <[email protected]>
>> Subject: RE: GPL & commercial software, the critical distinction (fwd)
>
>> > The Mafia. The handful of world-class coke dealers. Your local church.
>>
>> Umm...  both of those are around because the governemtn made the cost of
>> delivering both alcohol and drugs prohibitively high,
>
>That's inaccurate. The Mafia pre-dated the US by several hundred years if

	So what? There was probably a government wherever the started, and
they probably started out providing services that their local government
prohibited.

>not more (depends on how one wants to choose the bloodline). Most
>definitely they predated the bans on alcohol.
>
>As to the coke market, In S. America it has been around for quite a while as
>well. The chemical has been used medicinaly for hundreds of years until just
>recently.

	Which says nothing about whether it was/is a government sponsored/
protected monopoly.
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unrealistic, economic theories." Alan Greenspan, "Anti-trust"
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