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Fair Trade and Anti-Monopoly
COMPANIES GROW BIG TO DO BIG THINGS.
THE PUBLIC PROTECTS SMALL COMPANIES
UNDER LAW WHEN THIS IS NECESSARY.
Were it not for antitrust actions that compelled IBM
to respect our competitive markets, MS would be a
Now, based on some merit and much aggressive
questionable practice, MS is a near monopoly in
significant markets. It will get its day in court as all
of us should.
The story of the success of a small company reported
today that may be indebted to the standards the
market has seemingly adopted, is a fair one. This
appraisal of MS must take into account the need for
such standards to allow both consumers and small
producers to succeed.
The current method of fighting it out in marketing to
get standards out there, and then curbing abuse via
fair trade and anti-trust, has its faults. The best
technology is not always the standard the market
Some new systems may be in order that would balance
marketing by jury competitions, as in architecture.
Winners of jury awards might get large subsidies to
allow them to catch up to inferior products that have
"caught on" -- especially when "catching on" is often
the result of marketing practices that only barely escape
In all events, the Nader Appraisal has its work cut out
for it. If it does not come up with solutions it can
sell to voters -- such as juries and large subsidy awards
-- we will make only marginal progress. (Of course,
MS will, I hope, be made to back down in the browser
tie-in to Windows.)
Meanwhile, there is a good chance that in ten years a
user friendly open system, with virtually no user futzing
required (VNUFR), served by many producers, none
with dominance over all others, will emerge. MS may
even be the largest software writer for such open
system. Or it may be only a lesser player.
Our real need is for digital money to support
democratic free enterprise, digital education on
demand, and digitally enhanced law and politics to
inform the public and serve its interest. If MS
doesn't supply these needs, and PBS does not,
and Disney, Sony, Turner, Murdoch, etc., do not,
maybe NS (Nader Systems) will.
John Gelles email address: email@example.com
http://www.myturn.org ; http://www.rain.org/~jjgelles/
The Web addresses above argue for economic rights and
wealth creation, and for individual and national security,
to be financed by credit and protected against inflation by
full automation and saving -- not by high interest, high
unemployment and high taxes.