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New Hampshire Begins Open-Data Efforts 164

Posted by Soulskill
from the creating-a-meatspace-api dept.
Plugh writes "The Free State Project was created to move 20,000 small-government activists to New Hampshire (here's the Slashdot story from 2002). IT people, with our ability to work anywhere, were some of the first to move. Now, with over a dozen Free Staters elected to the NH legislature, these geeks are starting to affect government data-sharing policy."
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New Hampshire Begins Open-Data Efforts

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  • Re:Free Staters? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Daniel Dvorkin (106857) * on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @02:59AM (#35135118) Homepage Journal

    Corporations are simply groups of individuals who freely enter into an agreement.

    If you truly believe that's all corporations are, you are too ignorant to have a meaningful opinion on the subject. People acting as agents of a corporation do not act solely "on the basis of their rights as individuals," and anyone who pays any attention at all is well aware of this fact. Now, if the people of New Hampshire decide to stand up for themselves and start granting corporate charters which grant only the same powers and privileges as those possessed by any married couple or "charity, club, community Web-site, etc.", I'll cheer them on ... but I'm reasonably sure that weak-minded propagandists like you won't be the ones to do it.

  • Re:Free Staters? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Plugh (27537) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @07:30AM (#35136250) Homepage

    In fact, some Free Staters are working to explicitly rule that corporations are not people:
    HCR1 - establishing that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights [nhliberty.org]

    I say "some" because while all Free-Staters agree with the general goal of reducing the size and scope of government, the specifics and tactics differ widely.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra