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Watercoloring metaphor (used to be Re: Antitrust Bill of Rights)

  May I quote you on my response to Microsoft's motion to dismiss?  (Which I will
  post it to the list as soon as it is ready.)  You said it so much better than I
  was planning to.  Beautiful metaphor, pun intended.
  Robert Mark Waugh wrote:
  > > > It seems to be a common perception that the persons that are most
  > > > effected by the existence and toleration of monopolies are
  > > > capitalists, who weren't lucky enough to get in on the ground floor.
  > > > I wonder if this is true?  The reaction of most entrepreneurs (as
  > > > Ralph points out) is to move on the next pasture, and try to grow
  > > > their own monopoly.  Investors just buy into an already existing one
  > > > (Somebody is driving up the price of MS).
  > > >
  > >
  > > No, this is not true.  Many entrepeneurs are idea driven.  The presence of
  > > monopolies keeps them from ever getting financing, or succeeding without it.
  > > So their great idea rots.
  > > This is like killing one of their children.  It hurts.
  > >
  > In a related note, I think that this particular monopoly is slightly different
  > because there is a secondary type of person who is affected tremendously by
  > this: the developer.  I like to use the metaphor of the artist.  There are a
  > lot of artists, each of whom will say that for their goal, their medium is the
  > ultimate medium for doing whatever it is that they want.  The current
  > situation for developers is as if a really aggressive art supply company that
  > only produces water color supplies came into the market, and set about
  > destroying all other mediums.  What's more, the art supply company, using it's
  > ill gotten gains, floods the media with propaganda regarding the inferiority
  > of the paintings done with oil, the validity of sculptures, even photography
  > is portrayed as a secondary art form, not quite capable of being artistic.
  > Seeing as most of the population is ignorant about art as is, people begin to
  > buy it after 5 or 6 years of constant bombardment.  There are still