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Subject: Re: Open System vs. Walled Garden Date: 3/12/2012 9:45 AM
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As so often with analogies, there are many aspects that don't quite fit.

A walled garden controlled by a single corporate entity that has a singular focus to maximize the profits for its share holders is not the same kind of entity than a democratically controlled government.

The other major difference is that a cell phone is a single (personal and relatively short term) consumer decision you make. however, where you live depends on not just your personal preferences and is not of the same non committal short term nature. The place you live in depends on where the people you care about (or have to care for) live and want to live. It depends on where you have property, where you find work, and much, much more. That is evident in the fact that democracy gives the power to the citizens to change collectively the laws of the land, because they can't really change the land, by re-locatiing.

Third, individual freedom grows if you can expect many basic tenants uniformly (same basic labor laws, same health care levels, same system of government, same freedoms to run a business, same protection against pollution of the environment, same safety, policing, same access to communications, ...) across a land. As opposed, that every state makes its own rules, and if you move across state lines you have to re-learn what the law of the land is. it fosters mobility, incl upward mobility which is a way to grow the economy. And why would the state level be the right level to control political affairs? Why not the county or town level?
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