We "can't eliminate them"?
Posted Nov 7, 2012 13:54 UTC (Wed) by vonbrand
In reply to: We "can't eliminate them"?
Parent article: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)
I seriously doubt any mayority of politicians (or any other random breed of human) is intrinsecally corrupt. People are smarter than is generally thought, somebody who lies all day long is found out long before running for any meaningful office. Sure, for a corruptor is pays off to convince somebody in a position to do something, trying to influence even our Most Esteemed Editor to work pro-software-patents is kind of useless (even if it succeeded).
Never forget Hanlon's razor: Don't attibute to malice what is adequately explained by stupidity. Government (or any other largeish group of people) offers plenty of entertaining examples. People (including politicians) are lazy, don't have all the relevant facts, don't have the drive to find out (or the resources, or the time), and end up muddling their way out of anything that requires decisions. Plus we are intrinsecally tinted by some ideology, of which I believe Carter said recently that it makes up an opinion before looking for the facts.
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