This is posted for your consideration, without implying it is the final word or even mostly accurate. Eric S. Raymond is a very intelligent guy, pivotal in the open source software community, an outspoken libertarian. When he says something, I consider it carefully, even when I disagree. Perhaps most especially when I disagree. Armed and Dangerous » Blog Archive » Politics as usual is over It is worth wading through both the linked articles of his, and the comments- he has an unusually high signal/noise ratio among his commenters.