[governance] FW: TP: city government exercising policy on Google Applications / consumer rights / Consumer Protection Act / trial period

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Tue Jul 12 12:12:02 EDT 2011

From: parminder [mailto:parminder at itforchange.net]

Local governments have a lot to do with local things. Or have you forgotten about things like roads, schools, crime and law enforcement, etc.?
I havent forgotten them,

Yes, you have. Local stakeholders, local beneficiaries, local accountability is fundamentally inimical to the idea of asserting authority and taking money from people who are not located there, have no physical presence there, etc. That is why I call it parasitical. And there are plenty of precedents for this. Apparently your government-love has blinded you to the fact that human greed works not only within commercial organizations and institutions but also, and especially, within political ones.

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