Democracy beats Capitalism
EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn
Microsoft must now pay a record 899m euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it abused its position. The ruling said that Microsoft was guilty of not providing key code to rival software makers. EU regulators said the firm was the first to break an EU anti-trust ruling. The fines come on top of earlier fines of 280m euros imposed in July 2006, and of 497m euros in March 2004. "Microsoft was the first company in 50 years of EU competition policy that the Commission has had to fine for failure to comply with an antitrust decision," Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement.
Since World War 2, there have been three mammoth struggles, Capitalism, Communism and Democracy all joined forces to fight and defeat Fascism (only after the Capitalists, Communists and Democrats realized that they couldn’t cut deals with the Fascists it must be pointed out) since that defeat, Capitalism and Democracy faced off against Communism, which died with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, since then Capitalism has worked very hard to buy Democracy out so that they can rule comfortably ever after, this ruling by the EU is a major victory for the forces of Democracy against the forces of Capitalism, it is a shock reminder to Capitalists that they can’t just buy out the system and that the rules apply to everyone, even the rich.