Groveling the state to end corporations or reform corporations is *never going to work*. The state is the entity that made corporations powerful, privileged, malevolent and sociopathic institutions to begin with.
Groveling the state to end intellectual poverty or reform intellectual poverty is *never going to work*. The state is the entity that made intellectual poverty a tool that corporations use to oppress and abuse you and me.
RMS believes that the "government" can "protect" you and me from these abuses and abusers; he is categorically wrong. Richard is trying to appeal to *the very group of people* who facilitates these abuses. How an otherwise brilliant man like Richard can't get this... frankly escapes me and makes me feel very, very sad. More importantly: His belief in this magical institution as benevolent protector displaces any potential attempts to invent better, more subversive, non-statist solutions to state-created problems. You know, like the GPL once was -- successfully subverting the copyright abuse created by this magical group.
The first step to get rid of the mafia isn't to grovel to them so they stop collecting protection money. It is to stop believing that this money goes into "protecting" anyone but themselves at all.
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