I'd say as an industry we collectively keep making the rich richer. I think there is something inherently wrong with how programmers buy into and support the system that basically makes anything an individual programmer does on their own a wash in the grand scheme of things.
A lot of programmers like to pretend that there are no politics or power hierarchies involved in the products we build, and once they are built that we are no longer responsible for how they get used or by whom.
Yup. A friend recently put it very eloquently. I forget exactly what he said but it was along the same lines. We build software to maintain power balances so that the powerful can continue playing power games. This is what sucks I think. Software can enable, empower, and augment human capabilities but instead we squander it all on childish chimp hierarchies and games.
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