Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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Mod me down, but...
by JohnOne on Thu 30th Aug 2007 14:51 UTC
JohnOne
Member since:
2006-03-25

... I think this is a stupid almost-marxist argument.

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RE: Mod me down, but...
by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 15:01 in reply to "Mod me down, but..."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

There isn't any politics involved. Since when did simply working together on technology instead of trying to out ego the other guy become Marxist? People were collaborating a lot during the early days of computing; where'd all that go now?

I think it's stupid to think this article has anything to do with politics.

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RE[2]: Mod me down, but...
by google_ninja on Thu 30th Aug 2007 15:08 in reply to "RE: Mod me down, but..."
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Capitalism is based on the idea that competition in a free market will produce the best results. Marxism is based on the idea that everyone working together for the good of all is the best way to do things.

The early collaberation was in an academic context, and academia functions in a way alot closer to what marx was talking about the way marx was talking about. This works as long as it is a closed system of intellectuals funded by the larger capitalist system. It doesnt work as a general way of doing business, as can be seen many times in history.

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RE: Mod me down, but...
by Soulbender on Fri 31st Aug 2007 06:52 in reply to "Mod me down, but..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"I think this is a stupid almost-marxist argument."

Don't drag Marx into the mess that is this article. Marx was never against competition.

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RE[2]: Mod me down, but...
by JohnOne on Fri 31st Aug 2007 11:34 in reply to "RE: Mod me down, but..."
JohnOne Member since:
2006-03-25

Marx was never against competition.


Yeah, it's true.
Infact, in italian philosofic ambients we like to distinguish "Marxian" arguments (of Marx himself) and "Marxist" arguments (inspired by Marx's works, but many time really different from the inspiration). The same difference is between "Thomasian" (of Saint Thomas of Aquino) and "Thomist". :-)

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