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

Not really, the state holds a monopoly on "legal" force, whereas the
Mafia and other black-market organizations do not. What is interesting
is they use force often because they cannot use the government legal
system to arbitrate their disputes.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Mynott [mailto:[email protected]]

> On Thu, Oct 08, 1998 at 04:14:32PM -0700, Matthew James Gering wrote:
> > 
> > The Mafia has had two primary characteristics:
> > 
> > a) the use of force
> wouldn't this characteristic define the mafia as a "state" to some
> degree?