May 14th, 2007

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"labour market disciplines"

Someone named Tony Healy in an article referenced here complains that the profession of programmers, especially open source ones, are not following the (wrongheaded, misguided, and evil) examples of older professions like Law and Medicine and selling real estate, in that we're not setting up guilds and unions, that we should impose "labour market disciplines" (aka, "join our guild, Or Else") on ourselves, and to shut out new software developers from the ranks of younger people and from other countries.

I cannot begin to start to say how angry that attitude makes me...

(note, the "labour market discipline" bullshit is in a self-comment to the article. And most of the other commentors very firmly and with better formed words than I could assemble, tore his stance and arguments apart.)