RE: Re[2]: POL: Reaction to Microsoft Ruling

From: Billy Brown (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 16:18:44 MDT

Matt Gingell wrote:

> What I don't understand is why you're so much more afraid of big
> than big capital. What's the basis of this business good / government
> bad thing? It's all just power.

If a company want to oppress me, the worst thing it can do is refuse to sell
me something I want. If a government wants to oppress me, the worst thing it
can do is send men with guns to my house to murder me. That's a big

People who live in liberal democracies tend to forget about the violent
basis of government power, because it is usually hidden beneath a veil of
civility and bland legalisms. But that doesn't mean it isn't there.
Democratic governments kill their citizens all the time (just ask a drug
dealer). Usually they direct their violence against 'criminals', which is
what makes them better than police states - but you have to remember that
the government gets to define who is and is not a 'criminal', and the only
real limit to what it can do is the willingness of the general public to

Billy Brown

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