1997-07-18 - Re: Microsoft will NOT ship browser with RSACi on by default

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From: Paul Bradley <paul@fatmans.demon.co.uk>
To: “Peter D. Junger” <junger@upaya.multiverse.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-07-18 14:33:15 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 22:33:15 +0800

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From: Paul Bradley <paul@fatmans.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 22:33:15 +0800
To: "Peter D. Junger" <junger@upaya.multiverse.com>
Subject: Re: Microsoft will NOT ship browser with RSACi on by default
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> : BTW, we should differentiate generally between state action and private
> : action. Getting fucked by Microsoft != getting fucked by the government.
> : This is Libertarianism 101. Of course, I admit today the distinction was
> : blurry.
> Corporations are just parts of the government that got away.  I have
> never understood why some, though far from all, libertarians bother
> to distinguish them from the other organs of the state. 

If I read this the right way I would suppose that you are saying that a 
corporate agreement to include rating systems in all browsers would be on 
a par with mandated inclusion pushed through by the government. Not so: 
The government uses force and violence to make individuals and companies 
do it`s bidding, if the government did not enforce laws they wouldn`t be 
wrong, because there would be no act of agression. Assuming a large 
company such as M$ were to decide any company not including rating 
systems in their browsers could be fined by M$, then that would be a 
similar situation to the one currently experienced with the government.

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