RE: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

From: Matt Gingell (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 00:25:13 MDT

> Then government is optimal. Model the historical evolution of top-down
>> control as a bottom-up market process and the aggregate result of billions
>> of locally rational, self-interested decisions. If you don't think the best
>> political/economic system won the market, you're just another mistaken
>> experttrying to out-guess the emergent result.
>This is one of the places where I think anarchists are a bit clueless. A
>market can operate only in the absence of force. It works only because all
>of the decisions made by the participants are voluntary, and each
>participant makes local trade-offs in the way that best suits his own
>desires. The moment you introduce actors that have the ability to compel
>others to do things at gunpoint, this is no longer the case. Instead of
>evolving in the direction of satisfying the desires of all participants, the
>system then evolves to satisfy the desires of those who have access to force
>at the expense of those who do not.

This is the argument for antitrust legislation, and I absolutely
agree with you.


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