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We "can't eliminate them"?

We "can't eliminate them"?

Posted Nov 7, 2012 11:34 UTC (Wed) by pboddie (guest, #50784)
In reply to: We "can't eliminate them"? by Rudd-O
Parent article: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Can you for a moment not emulate various other contributors to this site by assuming that you are the first ever person to have thought of things which are actually widely recognised, even if those who have already recognised them are not going around telling everybody else about them all the time?

Anyone who has paid a couple of minutes' attention to student politics and who has seen student politicians go on to high-level political careers (or at least attempt to do so) is aware that for some people, politics and policy is more interesting than actually doing the things that policy influences and controls, and that they will happily avoid doing any other kind of work (including, quite probably, completing their studies) in order to have that influence over other people. Do you really believe that no-one else has noticed?

For the vast majority of people, not engaging with politicians or politics - presumably choosing instead to barter with their fellow survivalists off the grid in a manner reminiscent of a badly-written Kevin Costner production - is not a luxury they can afford. Those people have jobs to do and businesses to run and cannot simply brush off threats to those things from aggressive entities, empowered by the government or otherwise, by merely refusing to accept the power of any authority, or whatever the war cry is supposed to be. Those people have to live with the situation that exists for them right now and use whatever influence they can muster to improve it.

Think about that.

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