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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)..."

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