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Mark Atwood
"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.)

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mauser From: mauser Date: May 15th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I think THOSE disciplines should implement the forms of Meritocracy and cross checking that Programmers have.
dcseain From: dcseain Date: May 15th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Hear, hear!
alacrity From: alacrity Date: May 15th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
It's kind of silly to be angry over a perceived, but in my opinion misinterpreted, attitude in an otherwise interesting article. It is always valuable to look for unintended (and as-yet unobserved) consequences of things perceived to be a pure good. And if the analysis is incomplete or incorrect, it is at least a good starting point for additional discussion and thought furthering that goal.
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