The Null Device

The oligarchy strikes back: courts uphold DeCSS ban on linking to source code, and dismiss the Felten lawsuit against RIAA.

Stating the bleeding obvious: It's increasingly clear that, today, the US is not a democracy or a republic (of the people), but a corporate oligarchy, in which the preservation of profit is sufficient justification for anything from draconian restrictions on speech (such as the DeCSS decision) to atrocities overseas (think of all the repressive regimes propped up by the US to get cheap oil/labour/resources, from Guatemala and Chile to Saudi Arabia). Sure, there may be "democracy" (read: a system with two superficially different major parties, rigged in such a way that voting for anyone else, whilst not illegal, is a waste of a vote), but with the power corporate interests hold (from providing the sensory apparatus of most Americans through the media to all but buying favourable laws), US democracy is something more akin to pro wrestling on cable TV than to any meaningful participatory system.

As for the US being a republic, it is such if one defines a "person" as a corporation, specifically excluding private individuals.

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Posted by: Toby Thu Nov 29 09:49:06 2001

Yes, and where the US goes, Australia will follow... I'm going to have to stop following current events. It interferes with my joie de vivre, distracts from the things I "should" be doing, and in general makes me hopping mad. Powerlessness is Hell. Wake me when the revolution begins.

Posted by: Graham Thu Nov 29 11:29:52 2001

William Gates III : First against the wall when the linux revolution starts. True in 1994, true today.

Posted by: Toby Sat Dec 1 12:36:12 2001

As I said to my brother this evening shooting is too good for him - torture him first! But the Linux war is being won. By us! It's the war being lost - our freedom - that makes me depressed. Anyone wanting a road map for the next 50 years should read The Gulag Archipelago by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, while copies remain unburned.

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