Yes the FCC might (indirectly) ban your operating system

Such a warning appears to be for Americans only — but pay close attention, for no regulation is ever anything but a head fake designed to trick people into prostrating themselves before self-styled philosopher kings.

The most dangerous members of any generation are the intellectuals. Far too many intellectuals mistake intelligence for authority, and — as the great 19th Century economic theorist Frederic Bastiat explained — seek ways to make their subsequent plunder all nice & legal.

Oh, they’ll claim to be helping, for sure. More often than not, they’ll invent reasons why everyone else needs intellectual conceit to become official convention, why everyone else’s income is needed for bureaucratic expansion. Yooz wouldn’t want something bad to happen, would yooz?

Make no mistake: extortion is fraud. There is no such thing as “public” anything. All wealth ends up in private hands — it’s just the distribution part that extortionists pretend to be pliable by way of legislation, to be figure-out-able and hence enforceable.

Well, guess what. Income distribution is complete as soon as the earner of that income collects their pay. Taxation is never not theft. As far as post-pay market transactions go, the distribution of already-earned income is entirely up to the individual consumer. A typical producer tries to entice consumers to distribute part of their income in the direction of the producer, using advertising and price reductions as bait. Some producers offer their goods & services free of charge.

Examples of zero-price goods exist among open source software projects. Some operating systems consist of various open source components, such as the GNU/Linux kernel and the GNOME desktop environment (plus the bootloaders & file systems & drivers & services & utilities that keep everything panic-free). Software that is free-as-in-beer does tend, though, to drive proprietary software vendors into a different sort of panic, the same kind of panic that they feel whenever any potential competitor starts to woo consumers.

Among such panicky enterprises, those with political connections are known to turn toward the so-called help of bureaucrats. Are they smart like intellectuals, or are they corrupt like intellectuals?