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Err... really?!
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 01:23 AM EST
When I read threads like this, I start to see the wisdom of the old "please
no politics on Groklaw" policy.

Unfortunately, politics is just what you get whenever people are involved.

Someone has to be in charge, someone has to set policies that will affect the
rest of us, and there are many differing views on what the appropriate policies
are and how various fields of human endeavor should (or shouldn't!) be
regulated, etc. and discussions with a political dimension to them often get
heated or personal, because the issues directly affect people's lives in various
ways, and they therefore sometimes have strong (and wildly divergent) opinions
about them.

I'm not sure when the policy was changed, but it seems to me that a lot of the
software patent stuff, and related topics, like software freedom, and
anti-IP-maximalism, etc. have a political dimension to them, and always trying
to keep politics out of it would be difficult. As long as people discuss
politely, without trolling or personal attacks, then it will still feel like
groklaw to me. :)

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Authored by: Jim Olsen on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 08:21 AM EST

I saw nothing in this thread to say that government has no role in regulating industry. The whole argument is about the appropriate extent of government regulation. For the vast majority of products and services, adequate and appropriate regulation is provided by competition in a free market. (This regulation is carefully tailored, since it is provided by the consumers themselves.)

Government should only step in when and where competition is inadequate to the task. Unfortunately, this is often due to government policies that restrict competition, and when the regulations themselves discourage competition, they become self-perpetuating.

---
Jim ---

Success in crime always invites to worse deeds. - Lord Coke

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  • Err... really?! - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 11:39 AM EST
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Err... really?!
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 20 2012 @ 02:45 PM EST
PJ, I have read the Groklaw commentary policy and am curious under which of its
provisions you have removed my reply to your comments to the parent of this
post. Thank you. Dan Harper.

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