Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 21:47 UTC
Legal We've talked about ACTA before. ACTA is an anti-capitalistic treaty which implements several measures that will seriously hurt people's freedoms, rights, and privacy, all to, among other things, support a failing business model from an industry which has failed time and time again to adapt to a changing market. In any working free market, business models are allowed to fail, but the US/EU governments clearly don't see it that way. India has now announced that it is going to forge its own anti-ACTA coalition in an effort to undermine the new treaty.
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RE: Comment by victorhooi
by satsujinka on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 05:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by victorhooi"
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Greed is, however, largely a symptom of a culture (ignoring the reification that there is such a unit that could be called culture) and not a symptom of a person. I will not argue that there aren't people who are more likely to become greedy, but it is the sequence of events of their life that triggers such a characteristic. So it is entirely possible that there could be a culture that prohibits all cases of greed. In fact, I can name a broad class of cultures that do a very good job of this: Egalitarianism (or as Marx puts it, primitive communism.)
It is also important to point out the history of the nations that attempted to convert to communism. This history is by and large what prohibited the conversion of any nation to communism (as there has been no modern nation to become communist, merely several totalitarian governments that had policies of extreme wealth reallocation.)
But all this talk misses the point, neither capitalism or communism are "right" nor are they "ethical." They merely have different goals.
As for corporations vs. people, there are many industries that do seem to support such an idea (crazy or not.) Media publishers in particular seem to have a grudge against people actually using content. The software industry has a rather bizarre grudge against developers, due to the "assume guilty" nature of copyright and patents.

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