OragneCrate: The Illogical Anti-Free-and-Open-Source-Software Movement
Dec 11, 2003, 23:30 (16 Talkback[s])
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"There seems to be a whole new wave of people who are aiming to
promote greed through protectionist arguments in the high-tech
field. They argue that free software will destroy American jobs and
send them overseas. They argue that America cannot compete with
free software. They argue that we will all lose our jobs if the
free and open-source software movements are allowed to continue.
Well, they are wrong, and I will elaborate on why I believe they
are wrong, and why you should understand that free and open-source
software is actually good for our economy.
"The first argument that is being made is one of xenophobia. It
is an appeal to the crass idea that we must mistrust
foreigners--never mind the fact that almost every American within
this country is a foreigner at some point with perhaps the
exception of the native Americans (though they may have crossed
over from Asia, we are simply not sure)..."