OUR PRODUCTS — ER, PRICES — ARE INSAAAAANE!

“We have to be able to control what goes into our products. Otherwise, how can we respond to our customers? How can we give good value? How can we add more, more, more, more good stuff at low prices?”

Microsoft veep Steve Ballmer, responding to the Department of Justice’s challenge to his company’s software “integration” practices, Computer Reseller News, 24 November 1997

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REALLY, REALLY LATE CAPITALISM

“This is a capitalist country without capital or capitalists.”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, France’s minister of economy, finance and industry, on his native country’s fitful encounter with the financial postmodern, Forbes, December 1997