"Germany has produced several of the most evil men in history; from Immanuel Kant, to Karl Marx, to Hitler - all learning from the previous. I fear to see what comes next."
Yes, Germany has produced some of the most evil men in history, but I'm not sure why you rank Immanuel Kant up there with Hitler. I'm not arguing, I'm wondering
"If a company bought all of the PC makers, and then 'fixed' the prices, say, to a point where consumers were paying $10,000 per computer - competition would be created overnight by the equity markets, because there would be a lot of money to be made by undercutting that $10k price. Hell, I would start a PC company and undercut the price. This is why there can be no such thing as a harmful monopoly in a capitalistic political system. Beyond that, it is a corporation's right to charge whatever it wants to for *it's* product/s - it is called property rights, and without property rights there is no such thing as freedom. "
If someone fixed PC prices at $10K, and you sold them for a lower price, you would definitely prove to be severe competition to the $10K PC manufacturers.
BUT, with MS software, the situation is kind of different. It isn't just about money, it's about power and maintaining that power by unfair means.
No matter how good your software is, and even if you give it out for free, it's going to take way too long to make a difference. You will either go unnoticed and die out, or the process will be extremely slow, and will have to be carried on by other companies, not by yours.
"Steve Jobs and Apple could have filled the role Microsoft did, Jobs happens to mostly suck at business - or he would have positioned Apple to fill slot in the PC sector that Microsoft did (instead he chose to keep the market for Apple's products 'closed'). "
No, it was "Apple vs. IBM" AND "Apple vs. MS", not just "Apple vs. MS."
You point out that Apple failed because its system was closed, but what about MS? MS isn't all that open, either.
MS violates standards simply to gain control, and not because it provides a better experience to its customers. Customers could care less about Java standard compliance: As long as MS is in control, they'll use whatever MS provides.
Microsoft could just go with standards, instead of inventing its own, without damaging its revenue, or making an inferior product, but it chooses not to in an attempt to secure its monopoly.
The overall tone of your response shows that you seem to think capitalism is the savior of humanity. That's not true. You have to be more open minded than that. I sincerely hope you don't think humanity isn't going to progress past this phase in history.