The World According to Software... What Software Distribution would be like in different governments: COMMUNISM: We are pleased to announce that the new PC operating system, MS-DOS 3.3, and a hot new video game, Pac-Man, are available for download from our public distribbution sites, which have just upgraded to 2400 bps. CAPITALISM: Revolutionary New Concept!!!!!! Lots of free extras!!!!! Free box!!!!! Free manual!!!!! Only $60!!!!! SOCIALISM: OK, that'll be $40, plus $300 sales tax. DEMOCRACY: The next order of business is the vote on whether memory address 1DCE should be 0008. All in favor? Aye. Opposed?..... Alright, now the matter of memory address 1DCF... REPUBLIC: After 4 weeks of deliberation, we've decided that the software in question violates existing laws. FEDERAL REPUBLIC: After 4 weeks of deliberation, we've decided to raise our salary. DICTATORSHIP: El Presidente would like to remind the scum that he is enjoying his new computer software. OLIGARCHY: The important people have all of the necessary software. MONARCHY: Let everyone rejoice in the Emperor's new code! FEUDALISM: Point, click, and serf. THEOCRACY: There is no way to be perfect like the Earth Mother... but it doesn't hurt to use Her Almighty Software.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)