EFF Launches New Patent Reform Project to Defend Innovation
Posted Jun 22, 2012 8:54 UTC (Fri) by nix
In reply to: EFF Launches New Patent Reform Project to Defend Innovation
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In modern times this sort of ability to perceive reality in politics is lost due to most people buying into the deception propaganda around democracy.
To be honest, this sort of thing is hardly a secret (though most people express it in a less conspiratorial fashion: no conspiracies are required for this, just self-interest). After all, people have been regularly pointing this out in the UK in a biweekly magazine since the 60s and in two major TV series in the 1970s , and it was of course suppressed by the rulers. Oh wait, no, not only were Private Eye and Yes [Prime] Minister not at all suppressed, senior people in government *contributed* to both of them, particularly the latter, and reference them on a regular basis. So your propaganda is notably ineffective: there is at the very least superb counterpropaganda available.
Sure, we probably need more counterpropaganda, but the problems of democracy in advanced nations are hardly unknown... more generally, any society not under severe stress is going to be biased towards not changing systems already in place, because all change is risky: refusal to examine issues is just a consequence of this and of normal human cognitive biases. Sometimes this means that really stupid things persist, or that interest groups manage to extend stupid ideas into areas where they are really stupid (see software patents). In the end, either enough fuss will be kicked up that the thing will be fixed, or technological development will stagnate until it is. That's tough for those of us trying to do that development, but to be honest the average voter never even notices it. And society is, in the end, run in such a way as not to anger the average voter, no matter how much other groups may be profiting from it in the meantime.
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