Do you have to buy a Microsoft Developer licnese to wirte code for Windows Machines?
You pay for the license to use their tools.
DO you have to pay Microsoft to release software for Windows?
Do you have to submit your program for approval before you can sell your program?
That alone will make up for any licensing fees.
I worked for a large corporation. Not huge, but large enough to find shortcuts to covering employees. Instead of having insurance, they acted as the insurer and had Aetna act as a "manager" of the plan. Not only was this cheaper for them, they got out of all the regulations governing insurance. I had a kid, and they denied coverage because he wasn't a member at the time of his receiving care. But, I couldn't make him a member without a birthdate, so I fought with them for months. They I got canned, and lost access to mechanism to continuing fighting.
Long story short: State bureau of insurance couldn't do anything. Hospital hit me with $5,000 in bills, and the corporation probably got a tax write off.
I used to be capitalist until I saw capitalism in action.
Tell me the last time a politician voted on something they saw as political suicide?
And as for the motivations of us little people, I think a more accurate description is that we are too busy avoiding getting crushed by corporations and the government to act proactively for change most of the time. Besides, if we had the power to control our own fate, we would just give it back as we are too short sighted to handle it