Who is UnAmerican? de Tocqueville says...
Jul 20, 2007
3:45 AM EST
|Alexis de Tocqueville (a most insightful analyst of the American psyche) noted a uniquely American penchant for forming voluntary community associations in order to deal with problems. He further stated that this tendency seems to be found nowhere else on Earth: not in Europe, not in the British Isles, not even in Canada; it was a truly American contribution to human society.
And now the Internet has allowed this uniquely American contribution to spread world-wide, in the form of open source collaborations that have given us Apache, Linux, and a host of other software. It is indeed the Microsofts of the world who are unAmerican, who want to take us all back to a world of king-granted (IP) privilege. (Ask yourself if Sony's recent DRM root-kit and Microsoft's ad-server patent (see http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070717-microsoft-pate...) do not fit the pattern of businesses that think they owns the world, granting their customers only a pittance...)
For what it's worth.
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