Technology and Markets Trump The Law

One of the most powerful lessons of my life was watching the government’s case against Microsoft.

Clearly Microsoft was and is a monopoly.  Clearly they had engaged in anti-competitive practices.

But the Government’s case against Microsoft was largely a waste of time and taxpayer’s money.

Because in the end, all the goverment gave Microsoft was a slap on the wrist.

But Linux, well that’s another story.

And Firefox.

And MySQL.

And on and on.

The market and technology (in this case open source technology) will take away that monopoly.

Customers don’t like to be treated shabbily and they will move to cheaper and better solutions when they are comfortable with them.

So why do I bring this up?

Because I have been thinking for some time that all of this hand wringing over Roe vs. Wade is just like the government’s case against Microsoft. A big waste of time and energy.  Because technology and markets will solve this problem and the law is powerless to stop it.

Plan B is getting us pretty close to a situation where a woman who wants to terminate a pregnancy can do so in the privacy of her own home.  Without obtaining the permission of her husband Judge Alito.

But there will be scientific advances beyond Plan B. 

You can’t stop science.

And you can’t stop markets.

Where there is a will, there is a way.