ëTriumph of Envyí

No mincing words here. Professor and libertarian thinker Tibor R. Machan weighs in on how the European economic history colored Monday’s ruling against Microsoft by the European Court of First Instance.

“Given the history of how most people in Europe had gained their wealth and economic dominance, namely, through politically and militarily backed conquest of and expropriation of resources from millions of subjectsââ?¬â??the real exploitation of the feudal, not capitalist, era that gave credibility to Karl Marx’s theory of exploitationââ?¬â??it is perhaps understandable that many in Europe and elsewhere around the globe believe all wealth comes from malfeasance… “The achievement of wealth through market processes is relatively new in human history and only taken to be the norm by most people in the United States of America and a few other places.”

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Steven Titch served as a policy analyst at Reason Foundation from 2004 to 2013.

Titch's work primarily focused on telecommunications, the Internet and new media. He is a former managing editor of InfoTech & Telecom News (IT&T News) published by the Heartland Institute. His columns have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Total Telecom, and America's Network, among others.

Prior to joining Reason in 2004, Titch covered the telecommunications industry as a journalist for more than two decades. Titch was director of editorial projects for Data Communications magazine where he directed content development for supplemental publications and special projects. He has also held the positions of editorial director of Telephony, editor of Global Telephony magazine, Midwest bureau chief of CommunicationsWeek, and associate editor-communications at Electronic News.

Outside of the telecom industry, Titch conducted rich media and content development for publishers and corporate marketing groups. He has also developed and launched his own web-based media, including, an on-line resource for the security industry.

Titch graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and English.