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Victoria Espinel, who until recently served as the White House's first intellectual property enforcement coordinator, will now head one of the most powerful trade groups in the tech industry. She's been tapped to become the new president and CEO of The Software Alliance (or BSA) starting September 3rd. In her new role, she'll be tasked with pushing the anti-piracy interests of major players like Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Oracle, and Intel. And while the BSA spends a large part of its time lobbying Congress and other governments to push that agenda, Espinel will be barred from engaging in such practices herself - at least initially. According to Politico, an ethics pledge Espinel took to secure her "copyright czar" position under President Obama prevents her from lobbying for at least two years.

No corruption here. Nothing to see. Move along.

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RE[5]: Wikipedia
by saso on Sat 31st Aug 2013 10:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Wikipedia"
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Personally I think government is a good thing in theory, insofar as it's genuinely representing the public and being accountable. But when the theory meets reality it's a different matter entirely, since many modern governments end up existing for their own sakes without regards to the will of the people and without accountability.

I agree with you that it's not perfect. My post was about pointing out that the federal government, for all of its faults and rampant corruption, still performs important duties which most people would not want to get rid off. You don't throw the baby out of with the bathwater.
I would actually like to see most of our federal taxes get decimated in favor of higher local taxes and local programs. This would theoretically increase government competition, increase the odds of good ideas being adopted and spreading, and increase the government's ability to cater to the local demographic which federal programs cannot. Diversity is a great thing. The federal government could provide emergency safety nets and military needs, but ideally we would not be dependent upon the federal government at all for ordinary needs.

Right, that's why I only listed agencies which require inter-state powers and coordination in order to be effective. If you want to see how the "as little federal government as possible" thing is working out, take a look at the EU. That's not to say that the EU is generally worse off, but some of the EU equivalents of the US agencies work with a lot more friction and slower (ESA, Interpol, postage, European parliament, etc.) and some things have no equivalents (NOAA, EPA, NRC, etc.). Switching to the EU model would mean pretty much dissolving the union.

Edited 2013-08-31 10:45 UTC

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