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Capitalism and XML (was RELAX NG Marketing)

what is capitalism

What I find misguided is the idea that we are all in one big team working
towards a common goal. I think that the last century or so, especially, has
shown that progress is a lot faster when you have a lot of smaller teams
competing with each other. This is the main distinction between communism
and capitalism. Granted, capitalism is a dirty, ugly thing that implies that
human beings are selfish entities that aim first and foremost to maximize
their own success. If you want to call us capitalists warlords and thieves,
you won't be the first one. Personally I think that this is a consequence of
"human nature", which is a consequence of genetics, and that capitalism is
the effect and not the cause. The failure of anything like communism to
succeed on more than a minimal scale is pretty good evidence that this is
the case, besides all the anecdotal evidence that you can experience in your
everyday life.

I'm all for idealism, but not if it hinders overall progress. In terms of
macroeconomics, the starving masses won't be helped by altruism alone, and
if we want to improve the lot of all, we need to accept that this will come
only will global economic growth. Tying this back to XML, competition will
lead to big winners and big losers, often in ways that seem blatantly
unfair. But the result will be better markup for all.

(BTW: I was going to preface my subject line with "OFFTOPIC, but I guess
this is spot on topic for XML Dev, right? ;-)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:clbullar@i...]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 4:49 PM
> To: 'Matthew Gertner'; xml-dev@l...
> Subject: RE:  RELAX NG Marketing (was RE:  
> Do Names Matt er?)
> No.  All it did was reveal the character of those that did it.
> You want loyalty from a team?  Teach them to never give 
> up and never leave anyone behind.  Only warlords and 
> thieves do business as you suggest.
> len
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matthew Gertner [mailto:matthew.gertner@s...]
> <flame>
> Don't buy it. The "savaging" of ISO and SGML was what 
> resulted in XML in the
> first place, and though stakeholders in SGML might not like 
> it, the reality
> is that this represents huge progress. 
> Matt


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