Re: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 08:46:30 MDT

"Ross A. Finlayson" wrote:
> Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > Matt Gingell wrote:
> > >
> > > This is the argument for antitrust legislation, and I absolutely
> > > agree with you.
> >
> > antitrust legislation merely changes the market to one where it evolves
> > to satisfy those willing and able to bribe the government into breaking
> > up their competitors. In an anarchy, everyone will be armed, so nobody
> > has a monopoly on force, and nobody can force others to their bidding.
> I don't think that's correct. In anarchy anyone who can exert force to gain will,
> barring pacificists and particularly, sincerely moral people. It's called survival
> of the fittest.

And survival of the fittest has shown that 'live and let live' is a far more
profitable survival tactic than agression and force. It is why the states with
the least government and the least regard for government have the most polite,
well mannered, considerate, and good neighborly populations, while those with
greater levels of government are rife with crime, rudeness, callousness, and
disregard for others. Your claim does not hold to reality.

> The government gets about a third of the GDP in tax income, they take a cut every
> time you buy groceries or live on your own land, they take a cut when you are born,
> drive, and die, they take a cut when you wed or split. The (U.S.) government spends
> about 25% or more of its income on guns and other military spending, when we are not
> at war, except for the government on its own people. The U.S. government imprisons
> more than 2 million U.S. citizens for various founded and unfounded reasons, paid
> for by the ones not literally shackled. I'm sure anyone can provide examples of
> government waste.
> The government needs correction like a choke-chain on a dog or some excisement,
> because parts are ferally malignant.
> Overtaxation, overimprisonment, unequal treatment under law, and institutionalized
> infringements of rights are examples of bad government.

here you counter your earlier argument. Government creates an uneven playing
field in the exercise of force. It maintains its own greater force, it disarms
downtrodden minorities and the lower classes who live in cities, and it protects
the predatory behaviors of mercantilists so long as the mercantilists pay the
proper amount of baksheesh to the politicians that control things.

> There are good things about good government. Most roads and public thoroughfares are
> well kept.

Roads, thoroughfairs, and other channels of commerce can easily be maintained by
private organizations like block associations, insurance companies, merchants
guilds, etc.

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